Essentialism?

  • I can't find anything about ‘essentialism’ in the website. Is it a term that is not used in English, but is used in French? Do people use ‘idealism’ in English?

  • Yes "idealism" is used in English. I have seen "essentialism" used in philosophy writing as well.


    I gather the two terms are closely related. I may be wrong but I gather "essentialism" is more associated with Aristotle and idealism with Plato, both as their theories for how to approach the issue of the existence (or not) or "universals."

  • As to essentialism I need to verify my memory but I thought we had a reference to an article by Richard Dawkins which references this issue. I will look for the link.