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Publication - Professor Alexander Bird

    The metaphysics of natural kinds


    Bird, A, 2015, ‘The metaphysics of natural kinds’. Synthese, vol 195., pp. 1397-1426


    This paper maps the landscape for a range of views concerning the metaphysics of natural kinds. I consider a range of increasingly ontologically committed views concerning natural kinds and the possible arguments for them. I then ask how these relate to natural kind essentialism, arguing that essentialism requires commitment to kinds as entities. I conclude by examining the homeostatic property cluster view of kinds in the light of the general understanding of kinds developed.

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