Princeton University
Department of Philosophy
APA Eastern Division
Uppsala, Uppsala Lan, Sweden
Areas of Interest
  • Essence and modality
    Philosophical Perspectives 8 (Logic and Language): 1-16. 1994.
    It is my aim in this paper to show that the contemporary assimilation of essence to modality is fundamentally misguided and that, as a consequence, the corresponding conception of metaphysics should be given up. It is not my view that the modal account fails to capture anything which might reasonably be called a concept of essence. My point, rather, is that the notion of essence which is of central importance to the metaphysics of identity is not to be understood in modal terms or even to be reg…Read more