A Posteriori Knowledge of Natural Kind Essences: A Defence

Philosophical Topics 35 (forthcoming)

Abstract

I defend this claim that some natural essences can be known (only) a posteriori against two philosophers who accept essentialism but who hold that essences are known a priori: Joseph LaPorte, who argues from the use of kind terms in science, and E. J. Lowe, who argues from general metaphysical and epistemological principles.