2021
DOI: 10.1007/s11229-021-03167-8
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Anti-essentialism, modal relativity, and alternative material-origin counterfactuals

Abstract: In ordinary language, in the medical sciences, and in the overlap between them, we frequently make claims which imply that we might have had different gametic origins from the ones we actually have. Such statements seem intuitively true and coherent. But they counterfactually ascribe different DNA to their referents and therefore contradict material-origin essentialism, which Kripke and his followers argue is intuitively obvious. In this paper I argue, using examples from ordinary language and from philosophy … Show more

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