Generics and the Metaphysics of Kinds

Philosophy Compass (7):1-14 (2021)
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Abstract

Recent years have seen renewed interest in the semantics of generics. And a relatively mainstream view in this work is that the semantics of generics must appeal to kinds. But what are kinds? Can we learn anything about their nature by looking at how semantic theories of generics appeal to them? In this article, we overview recent work on the semantics of generics and consider their consequences for our understanding of the metaphysics of kinds.

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David Liebesman
University of Calgary
Rachel Katharine Sterken
University of Hong Kong

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