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SHOULD WE BE ESSENTIALISTS? DIFFERENT TAKES IN ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY A dissertation submitted by

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In this work, I aim to show how some of the most influential figures in contemporary analytic philosophy answer one of the most fundamental question in philosophy: ‘should we be essentialists?’ First, I look at the descriptivism of Frege, Russell,
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    S HOULD W E B E E SSENTIALISTS ? D IFFERENT T AKES IN A NALYTIC P HILOSOPHY   A dissertation submitted by Zachary Calleja  in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Philosophy University of Malta Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy 2019         Acknowledgements First and foremost, I would like to thank my tutor Rev. Mark Sultana for the support he provided throughout this somewhat daunting task. Secondly, I would like to thank my partner Janice who spent so much of her time guiding me, inspiring me and challenging me to produce work that is more precise, more exact and more refined. Thirdly, I would like to thank my parents who have gone out of their way to support me in so many ways. Lastly, I would like to thank two important people in my life, David and Santina, who in the kindest and most constructive ways possible, tell me what I do not want to hear.     To those who search relentlessly, may your pursuit be guided, inspired and intelligent.    Abstract In this work, I aim to show how some of the most influential figures in contemporary analytic philosophy answer one of the most fundamental question in philosophy: ‘ should we be essentialists? ’  First, I look at the descriptivism of Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein and Searle. Second, I examine Quine’s pragmatism and anti - realism. Third, I discuss Kripke’s revival of Aristotelian essentialism and the over all impact and implications of Kripke’s findings.
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