Knowledge of essence: The conferralist story

Journal Article (Academic article)

Realist essentialists face a prima facie challenge in accounting for our knowledge of the essences of things, and in particular, in justifying our engaging in thought experiments to gain such knowledge. In contrast, conferralist essentialism has an attractive story to tell about how we gain knowledge of the essences of things, and how thought experiments are a justified method for gaining such knowledge. The conferralist story is told in this essay. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ásta,

Published Date

  • October 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 166 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 21 - 32

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-0883

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-8116

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11098-012-0019-0