Essentialism

In Byron Kaldis (ed.), Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences (2013)
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This ~4000 word essay introduces topics of essentialism, as they arise in social sciences. It distinguishes empirical (e.g., psychological) from philosophical studies of essentialisms, and both metaphysical and scientific essentialisms within philosophy. Essentialism issues in social science are shown to be more subtle and complex than often presumed.

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Matt Barker
Concordia University

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