On Explaining Necessity by the Essence of Essence

Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy (forthcoming)
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There has been much debate recently on the question whether essence can explain modality. Here, I examine two routes to an essentialist account of modality. The first is Hale's argument for the necessity of essence, which I will argue is — notwithstanding recent attempted defences of it — invalid by its very structure. The second is the proposal that it is essential to essential truth that it is necessary. After offering three possible versions of the view, I will argue that each fails to provide a metaphysical explanation of necessity in terms of essence.

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Carlos Romero
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