is most commonly understood as a belief in the real, true essence of things, the invariable and fixed properties which define the 'whatness' of a given entity. . . . Importantly, essentialism is typically defined in opposition to difference. . . . The opposition is a helpful one in that it reminds u...
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the view that there are invariant truths about the social world or that social phenomena are determined by an invariant core of properties. Essentialist theories are usually counterposed to those that stress the changeable quality of social phenomena. For example, essentialist theories of identity s...
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the belief that qualities are inherent in (essential to) specific objects
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is now increasingly used in order to explain why anti-essentialism is preferable, though in more purely philosophical discussion the term has greater usefulness. Amongst social and cultural researchers, anti-essentialism involves the rejection of a scientific quest for universal essences, such as th...
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(from the article `Kripke, Saul`) ...truth and synthetic truth, or truth by virtue of meaning and truth by virtue of fact ( analytic proposition). In the course of making these ...
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In philosophy, essentialism is the view that, for any specific kind of entity, there is a set of incidental attributes all of which any are necessary to its identity and function (Cartwright, 1968). All things can have essential characteristics. According to essentialism, a member of a specific gro...
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