Amazon Book Description
- This book is a study of John Locke's metaphysics of organisms and persons, with particular emphasis on his theory of identity through time and his conventionalism with respect to kinds and essences.
- Although these positions seem to be obviously incompatible - his persistence conditions1 for organisms and persons evidently commit him to attributing their essential properties to these objects - the final three chapters constitute a sustained argument against this position.
- After presenting three arguments for thinking that the organisms and persons in Locke's ontology have both spatial and temporal extent, Conn argues that on a four-dimensional ontology (and only on such an ontology), there is no contradiction between Locke's theory of identity and his rejection of essentialism.
Author’s Introduction to Chapter 1
- This is a book on Locke' s metaphysics. In particular, this book is concerned with the relationship between Locke's rejection of essentialism – the thesis that some objects have essential properties independently of how they are characterized – and his theory of identity and persistence, especially as it relates to organisms and persons.
- While I will develop Locke's positions on these topics in detail in the ensuing chapters, my goal in the present chapter is to explain, in general terms, why these issues are worth thinking about, how we should begin, and where his views fall within the range of theoretical alternatives.
- I will subsequently be in a position to develop what I take to be the central problem of the book, namely, that of determining whether Locke's rejection of essentialism is consistent with his treatment of identity and persistence.
- Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003
- Downloaded during Springer promotion, Dec. 2015
"Kaufman (Dan) - Review of Christopher Hughes Conn: Locke on Essence and Identity"
Source: British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Volume 13, Number 2, May 2005, pp. 397-402(6)
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