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Real Essentialism

(Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy)

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Real Essentialism presents a comprehensive defence of neo-Aristotelian essentialism. Do objects have essences? Must they be the kinds of things they are in spite of the changes they undergo? Can we know what things are really like - can we define and classify reality? Many if not most philosophers doubt this, influenced by centuries of empiricism, and by the ...more
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Published November 28th 2007 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2005)
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Tuomas
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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The book, as the title suggests, is a study and defence of neo-Aristotelian essentialism — a topic which overlaps with my own research interests. David is also one of the contributors in my Contemporary Aristotelian Metaphysics volume. More news about the volume will follow soon…

Anyway, on to the book. Real Essentialism is a rich book and I cannot hope to do justice to it in a short review, so I will focus on one or two issues which are of specific interest to me. These are covered mostly in the
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Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is excellent. It provides a very clear and well argued defense of Real Essentialism (in dialogue with those who would reject it), articulating the claims and consequences of realism in many different areas of thought (including philosophy of mind, biology, and so on). A must read for anyone intetested in questions related to metaphysics and the real existence of essences. Not for the faint of heart, this is a more advanced work in metaphysics (and may be difficult reading for those not ...more
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The best overview of hylemorphic metaphysics I've read. Some bizarre conclusions, to be sure, but that's just the way metaphysics goes.
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