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Natural Kinds and Natural Kind Terms: Myth and Reality
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8170-598X
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
2018 (English)In: British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, ISSN 0007-0882, E-ISSN 1464-3537, Vol. 69, no 4, p. 911-933Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The article examines the role of natural kinds in semantic theorizing, which has largely been conducted in isolation from relevant work in science, metaphysics, and philosophy of science. We argue that the Kripke–Putnam account of natural kind terms, despite recent claims to the contrary, depends on a certain metaphysics of natural kinds; that the metaphysics usually assumed—micro-essentialism—is untenable even in a ‘placeholder’ version; and that the currently popular homeostatic property cluster theory of natural kinds is correct only to an extent that fails to vindicate the Kripke–Putnam account. This undermines the metasemantics required for anti-descriptivist semantics.

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2018. Vol. 69, no 4, p. 911-933
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Natural kinds, essentialism, semantics, metasemantics, HPC theory
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-155601DOI: 10.1093/bjps/axw041ISI: 000456598600001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-155601DiVA, id: diva2:1201337
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Swedish Research Council, 421-2012-1004Available from: 2018-04-25 Created: 2018-04-25 Last updated: 2022-02-26Bibliographically approved

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