Natural Kinds

[Revised entry by Alexander Bird and Emma Tobin on January 27, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Scientific disciplines frequently divide the particulars they study into kinds and
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[Revised entry by Alexander Bird and Emma Tobin on January 27, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Scientific disciplines frequently divide the particulars they study into kinds and theorize about those kinds. To say that a kind is natural is to say that it corresponds to a grouping that reflects the structure of the natural world rather than the interests and actions of human beings. We tend to assume that science is often successful in revealing these kinds; it is a corollary of scientific realism that when all goes well the classifications and taxonomies...

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