Eric CharmetantCorresponding author

Contemporary Naturalism and Human Ontology
Towards a Different Essentialism

16/1 - Spring 2011, pages 59–72
Date of online publication: 24 March 2011
Date of publication: 24 March 2011


Contemporary naturalism, especially through ethology, neuroscience and cognitive science, challenges the traditional ontological points of reference for determining the specificity of human beings. After illustrating the full measure of this upheaval, I will show the inadequacy of a return to traditional essentialism and will then defend the relevance of a different type of essentialism: an approach to human specificity in terms of a homeostatic property cluster.


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Charmetant, Eric. “Contemporary Naturalism and Human Ontology: Towards a Different Essentialism.” Forum Philosophicum 16, no. 1 (2011): 59–72. doi:10.5840/forphil201116114.


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