Peter R. Anstey

in John Locke and Natural Philosophy

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199589777
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725487 | DOI:

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This chapter argues that Locke was a conventionalist about species, but that his was a constrained and convergent conventionalism that was predicated, not on species nominalism, but on a robust and natural‐philosophically informed realism about species in nature.

Keywords: species; homeostatic property cluster; nominalism; conventionalism; nominal essence; real essence

Chapter.  7753 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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