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Essentialism
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[German Version]

I. Philosophy – II. Philosophy of Religion

I. Philosophy

Essentialism (from essentia, Lat. translation of Gk οὐσία/ousía) is described as a philosophical doctrine which ascribes accidental and essential properties to single things. An essential property is understood to be a necessary, but non-trivial property of a thing, which cannot lose this property as long as it exists – for example being a human being, rather than being bald, is an essenti…

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Hägler, Rudolf-Peter and Helm, Paul, “Essentialism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_04663>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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