Essential vs. Accidental Properties

[Revised entry by Teresa Robertson and Philip Atkins on April 18, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html, origin-essentialism.html] The distinction between essential versus
Philosophy News image
[Revised entry by Teresa Robertson and Philip Atkins on April 18, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html, origin-essentialism.html] The distinction between essential versus accidental properties has been characterized in various ways, but it is currently most commonly understood in modal terms: an essential property of an object is a property that it must have, while an accidental property of an object is one that it happens to have but that it could lack. Let's call this the basic modal characterization, where a modal characterization of a notion is one that explains the notion in terms of...

Continue reading . . .

News source: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

blog comments powered by Disqus