Starting with ground:
“Essentialism is the view that every entity has a set of attributes that are necessary to its identity and function.”
“Epistemological essentialism is related to foundationalism, and refers to the idea that the aim of investigation is to discover the true nature or essence of things, and to describe these by way of categorical definitions
Essentialism in this sense assumes that essences are unchanging, that objects have single essences, and that it is possible to gain certain knowledge of these essences. ”
Back to me:
Naveed Akhtar has done a fine job of highlighting some of the flaws with Epistemological Essentialism as it runs into difficulties when attempting to describe things that don’t easily fit into a standard set of categories.
I view categories as a function of Ontology rather than Epistemology, which relieves some of the pressure off of Epistemology for them you have Ontology as your Glossary and Epistemology can then use those to ask questions with without having try to mix them together into a monofunction.
A nice short definition of Epistemological Essentialism:
“Epistemological Essentialism is the view that all entities have intrinsic properties that can be discerned by reason”
“All entities have intrinsic properties”.
So, reasoning it through: Would free will be an entity or a property?
What about reason: Is reason an entity or a property?