How Things Might Have Been by Penelope Mackie
Individuals, Kinds, and Essential Properties

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Penelope Mackie's book is a novel treatment of an issue central to much current work in metaphysics: the distinction between the essential and accidental properties of individuals. Mackie challenges widely held views, and arrives at what she calls "minimalist essentialism," an unorthodox theory according to which ordinary individuals have relatively few interesting essential properties. Mackie's clear and accessible discussions of issues surrounding necessity and essentialism mean that the book will appeal as much to graduate students as it will to seasoned metaphysicians.

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Published June 29, 2006 by Oxford University Press. 224 pages
Genres: Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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