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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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ML: (philosophy) The view that, for any specific kind of entity, there is a set of characteristics or properties all of which any entity of that kind must possess

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  • Thus the theoretical rejection of essentialism is matched by an attitudinal embrace of it.
  • Be wary of those who ask you to blame your hormones/biology: essentialism is not required here.
  • "essentialism" - a belief that there's a deeper nature to things that makes them what they are.
  • I find it, by the way, impossible to tell what Mayr means by 'essentialism'. for more
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