Transworld identity as a problem for essentialism about kinds.


Essentialism about natural kinds involves talking about kinds across possible worlds. I argue that there is a non-trivial transworld identity problem here, which cannot be (dis)solved in the same way that Kripke treats the corresponding transworld identity problem for individuals. I will briefly discuss some ideas for a solution. The upshot is scepticism concerning natural-kind essentialism.

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