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- Sveinsdóttir, Á. Philos Stud (2008) 140: 135. doi:10.1007/s11098-008-9230-4
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In this article I introduce a certain kind of anti-realist account of what makes a property essential to an object and defend it against likely objections. This account, which I call a ‘conferralist’ account, shares some of the attractive features of other anti-realist accounts, such as conventionalism and expressivism, but I believe, not their respective drawbacks.