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  • n. Plural form of essentialist.


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  • Seriously though, those who profess to save animals are actually "essentialists" - that is, that they believe that the animals have a nature and that when a whale beaches itself it must be sick and need to be saved and assisted to return to its natural state.


  • Yet it is worth noting Bourdieu's position in relation to each of these "essentialists," whether or not Kant or Foucault deserves such a characterization.

    Contention and Contestation: Aesthetic Culture in Kant and Bourdieu

  • And, the pantheist and theist are not the only kind of essentialists for whom consequences and relations matter.


  • The male studies people, on the other had, are what their critics call "essentialists" and believe that male behavior is in large part biologically determined.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Which biological determinists and essentialists of all stripes do NOT want to admit is the case -- especially all those among us obsessed with "masculinity" as if it has authentic biological reality, instead of being a pathological cultural construct in the midst of epic fail.

    Archive 2010-03-01

  • Here's an interesting account that brings us up to date: "Today, the debate is still between essentialists and constructionists, but the essentialists have become evolutionary and the constructionists have become social."

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • To call * us* essentialists, stupid boys who mistake the trappings of femininity for being female.

    The new feminists: lipstick and pageants

  • In that book Badinter mounted a critique of one group of feminist activists, essentialists, who saw women as unalterably different from men.

    Elisabeth Badinter.

  • The essay by Kimura will infuriate you, as will several others, but at least you'll get a clear sense of the position of the biological essentialists and the data they are using to bolster their positions (it's quite weak and easy to dismantle, in my opinion).

    Why Aren't More Women in Science?

  • Indeed, psychologists studying the development of language tell us that children are natural essentialists.



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