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Essentiality as Foundationality

WithMICHAEL GORMAN

The question of essence has long been central to philosophical inquiry. Plato’s dialogues, for example, often involve attempts to fi nd the essence of something so as to be able to defi ne it, and Aristotle’s quest for οὐσία, in the science that came eventually to be called “metaphysics”, is intimately bound up with the quest for essence.