Essence, Essence, and Essence

  • Ryan Christensen Brigham Young University
Keywords: essence, necessity, temporal essence, Aristotelian essentialism


I argue that three different notions of essence—temporal, definitional, and modal—are all distinct notions, and are all philosophically useful. After defining the different notions, I discuss the philosophical problems each addresses.

Author Biography

Ryan Christensen, Brigham Young University

Department of Philosophy

Assistant Professor

How to Cite
Christensen, R. (2015). Essence, Essence, and Essence. Studia Philosophica Estonica, 7(2), 72-87.