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What exactly does Spivak mean by strategic essentialism?

I'm trying to understand better how to delineate essentialism from strategic essentialism. To me it would seem strategic essentialism is a political or social act of forming a coalition based aroun a ...
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Does Spinoza's God have an essence?

Referring by "God" to Spinoza's God (that is, one may substitute "God" with "Nature" following the title of this question can be "On Nature and Nature's Essence and Essence") and capitalizing this as ...
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Complex Systems Theory in Philosophic Terms

Given the below paragraph: Complex Systems Theory involves the systematic, scientific and mathematical study of complexity itself, as it is found throughout the natural world. With a view to ...
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How can “essentialism” ever make sense?

So, searching for J. L. Mackies "argument from queerness", I stumbled upon this blog entry. Now, Mr. Feser seems to be a quite... controversial figure, to say the least, but please let's resist the ...
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What does Sartre mean with that existence precedes essence and how is it related to the earlier existential philosophers' thoughts?

What does Sartre mean with that existence precedes essence and how is it related to the earlier existential philosophers' thoughts? Existential philosophers like Kirkegaard, Heideggers and Friedrich ...
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Deleuzian finitism and Spinozian infinitism

In the IEP entry on Deluze, there is the following: Commenting on Lucretius, Deleuze makes the following, extremely similar, remark: "The speculative object and the practical object of ...
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Were we born to believe? [closed]

This is a controversial question and not one that necessarily implies a Super Natural intervention, but I am curious about your opinion. Many of you I would hope is aware of the fact that living our ...
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Essential Objects [closed]

I am not looking to stir up anything, but is an electron an essential object? To answer this question, it may first be beneficial to ask "Is a brick an essential object?"
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Essential Nature [closed]

When trying to understand the definition of "essential nature", Richard P. Feynman posed the following question to group of philosophers and it allegedly ended in great disagreement. Has philosophy ...
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Is gender a property of essence or existence?

In his address, the Holy Father said: According to the biblical creation account, being created by God as male and female pertains to the essence of the human creature. The use of the word ...
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Is it useful to say that weak essences exist?

For Latour all things from people, trees, minerals, all the way to atomic phenomena are able to be seen as actors and actants, with no actor or actant being reducible or irreducible to anything else. ...