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Record number 532843
Title Letting go of “natural kind” : Toward a multidimensional framework of nonarbitrary classification
Author(s) Ludwig, David
Source Philosophy of Science 85 (2018)1. - ISSN 0031-8248 - p. 31 - 52.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/694835
Department(s) Knowledge Technology and Innovation
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Abstract This article uses the case study of ethnobiological classification to develop a positive and a negative thesis about the state of natural kind debates. On the one hand, I argue that current accounts of natural kinds can be integrated in a multidimensional framework that advances understanding of classificatory practices in ethnobiology. On the other hand, I argue that such a multidimensional framework does not leave any substantial work for the notion “natural kind” and that attempts to formulate a general account of naturalness have become an obstacle to understanding classificatory practices.
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