Locke on Essences

Jonathan Bennett

in Learning from Six Philosophers Volume 2

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780198250920
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597060 | DOI:

Series: Learning from Six Philosophers (2 Volumes)

 Locke on Essences

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Carries an exposition and defence of Locke's view that no individual has, per se, any essential qualities. His views about the essences of kinds—nominal and real—is given. He connected nominal essences with meanings, but Leibniz and Kripke showed that meanings involve real essences as well. Locke's unstable view about how essences relate to universals is also dealt with.

Keywords: essence; Kripke; Leibniz; Locke; meaning; universals

Chapter.  8199 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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