What is essentialism?

What is essentialism?

This term originates from Aristotle's idea that there is an essential nature in everything. The idea was however, abused later especially in the colonial era where a suggestion was made that there exists a limitation by specific and essential natures in the different races such that no equality exists. Philosophers have thus tried over the years to redefine artwork in consideration of their other properties and not on essential natures only.

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