Letting Go of “Natural Kind”: Toward a Multidimensional Framework of Nonarbitrary Classification

Philosophy of Science 85 (1):31-52 (2018)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
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.
Categories
Reprint years
2017, 2018
PhilPapers/Archive ID
LUDLGO
Revision history
First archival date: 2017-05-21
Latest version: 2 (2017-05-21)
View upload history
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Added to PP index
2017-05-21

Total views
175 ( #15,090 of 38,095 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
66 ( #5,536 of 38,095 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.