MSc masterclass with Prof. Daniel Nolan

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Room 1.20 - Dugald Stewart Building
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Prof. Daniel Nolan (ANU) on "Indeterminacy and Essence"

Abstract: This paper examines an argument to the conclusion that we should not adopt a "deep" theory of essences: we should instead think that attributions of essence and essential properties are ultimately to be analysed in other terms. The argument examined is one that starts from the observation that some essence claims seem to be indeterminate. We should accept that some of these claims are indeterminate; that the best explanation of this is provided by a broadly semantic theory of indeterminacy; and it will be argued that the best way of applying such an account of indeterminacy to the relevant cases results in a "shallow" theory of essence.