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Scientific Enquiry and Natural KindsThe Menace of Triviality

Scientific Enquiry and Natural Kinds: The Menace of Triviality [In this chapter, I consider some objections to the account of natural kinds that I have developed and illustrated in the previous chapters. The objections allege that the account of natural kinds is too liberal. It counts too many kinds as natural kinds, they say, making the modifier ‘natural’ a mere flourish and robbing it of any scientific or philosophical significance. To put the charge differently: If every kind turns out to be a ‘natural kind’, then we might just as well say that there are no natural kinds.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright
© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2012
ISBN
978-1-349-35035-3
Pages
126 –146
DOI
10.1057/9781137271259_6
Publisher site
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Abstract

[In this chapter, I consider some objections to the account of natural kinds that I have developed and illustrated in the previous chapters. The objections allege that the account of natural kinds is too liberal. It counts too many kinds as natural kinds, they say, making the modifier ‘natural’ a mere flourish and robbing it of any scientific or philosophical significance. To put the charge differently: If every kind turns out to be a ‘natural kind’, then we might just as well say that there are no natural kinds.]

Published: Oct 27, 2015

Keywords: Natural Kind; Alarm Call; Bake Good; Bolt Hole; Demarcation Criterion

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