Etiological Kinds

Philosophy of Science (forthcoming)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
Kinds that share historical properties are dubbed “historical kinds” or “etiological kinds” and they have some distinctive features. I will try to characterize etiological kinds in general terms and briefly survey some previous philosophical discussions of these kinds. Then I will take a closer look at a few case studies involving different types of etiological kinds. Finally, I will try to understand the rationale for classifying on the basis of etiology, putting forward reasons for classifying phenomena based on diachronic features, thereby making a provisional case for considering at least some etiological kinds to be natural kinds.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
KHAEK
Upload history
Archival date: 2019-10-16
View other versions
Added to PP index
2019-10-16

Total views
102 ( #33,577 of 51,715 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
30 ( #19,664 of 51,715 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.