Essentialism and the elementary constituents of matter
Fales (Evans)
Source: Midwest Studies in Philosophy (Vol XI) - Studies in Essentialism, 1986, pp. 391-402
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    One problem that plagues any doctrine of natural kinds1 is the existence, noted by locke, of unclassifiable borderline cases; another is making sense of the alleged difference between the way a thing has its accidental properties, and the way it is connected to its essential ones. Both problems admit of solution if nature provides us (as seems likely) with a set of elementary constituents of matter, whose monadic properties do not vary in a continuous fashion.

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