by Brandon Biller and David Phillips
On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, Dr. Erin Eaker gave a guest lecture to a full crowd at Marymount University. The lecture was titled “Discovering Essence in the Tree of Life.” Those in attendance included undergraduate and graduate students, professors from varying academic disciplines, and even community members. Dr. Eaker’s lecture addressed the question of whether objects have essences. This one of the concepts explored by the philosopher Saul Kripke when he deals with the idea of natural kinds. Additionally, this has a special relationship with science and with what philosophers derive as “a priori” and “necessary” truths.
Dr. Eaker is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park where she specializes in the philosophy of language, metaphysics, and epistemology.