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Metaphysica

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 17–30 | Cite as

Individual Essence: gibt es solche?

  • Márta UjváriEmail author
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Abstract

Two arguments are offered here for postulating individual essences of concrete individuals on top of their sortal essences. One is the explanatory gap argument, the other draws on the analogy with the individual essences of events presupposed in single causal explanations. These arguments support qualitative individual essences with explanatory goals as opposed to hybrid impure relational essences accounting for origin and numerical identity. It is highlighted why origin properties as parts of impure relational essences do not yield genuine de re constructions. The distinction between the two types of individual essences is traced back to the ambiguity of the very notion of individuation.

Keywords

Essential Property Material Constitution Definite Description Individual Nature Explanatory Role 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Corvinus University of BudapestBudapestHungary

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