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Explaining essences

Philosophical Studies 178 (4):1043-1064 (2020)

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  1. Chains of Being: Infinite Regress, Circularity, and Metaphysical Explanation , Ross P. Cameron , Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022. Pp. Ix + 252. [REVIEW]Thomas Oberle - 2022 - Metaphilosophy 53 (4):555-559.
    Metaphilosophy, Volume 53, Issue 4, Page 555-559, July 2022.
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  • A Puzzle for Social Essences.Michael J. Raven - 2022 - Journal of the American Philosophical Association 8 (1):128-148.
    The social world contains institutions, groups, objects, and more. This essay explores a puzzle about the essences of social items. There is widespread consensus against social essences because of problematic presuppositions often made about them. But it is argued that essence can be freed from these presuppositions and their problems. Even so, a puzzle still arises. In a Platonic spirit, essences in general seem detached from the world. In an Aristotelian spirit, social essences in particular seem embedded in the world. (...)
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