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Jonathan Bennett

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198250920

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198250924.001.0001

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Locke on Essences

Locke on Essences

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(p.92) Chapter 26 Locke on Essences
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Learning from Six Philosophers Volume 2
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Jonathan Bennett

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198250924.003.0006

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

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