It must be emphasized that this label is being used to designate an
artificial "stereotype" which can be characterized in terms of a
number of philosophical views, each one of which could be considered an
"element" of this consensus. All of the elements listed below might not
characterize any one real philosopher. However virtually all of
those philosophers who clearly belong to this consensus would surely share
enough of these elements or basic commitments such that they all
could be considered as bearing a very strong philosophical "family resemblance."