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Essential Attribution

Ruth Barcan Marcus

in Modalities

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096576
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833412 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195096576.003.0004
 Essential Attribution

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This paper contributes to an account of modes of essentialism within the framework of quantified modal logic. It distinguishes between “Aristotelian” and “individuating” essentialism, and argues that Aristotelian essentialism may be best understood on a “natural” or “causal” interpretation of the modal operators. The paper includes an appendix entitled “Strict Implication, Deducibility and the Deduction Theorem.”

Keywords: Aristotelian essentialism; deducibility; deduction theorem; essentialism; individuating essentialism; Kripke; Kripke semantics; quantified modal logic; strict implication

Chapter.  8556 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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