The Logical Structure of Kinds

2015.10.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Eric Funkhouser, The Logical Structure of Kinds, Oxford University Press, 2014, 182pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198713302.
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2015.10.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Eric Funkhouser, The Logical Structure of Kinds, Oxford University Press, 2014, 182pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198713302. Reviewed by Alexander Bird, University of Bristol Although its title might suggest that this book is primarily about kinds, its focus is really on two species of relation between kinds and properties: determination (the relationship between determinable and determinate) and realization. Its central idea is that determination and realization are distinct and incompatible. According to Eric Funkhouser's theory a kind has, necessarily, certain determination dimensions. These are the dimensions (respects, quantities) in which specific properties that are the determinates of the determinable kind can differ. So two different sounds are both determinates of the determinable kind sound because they both have specific values along dimensions characteristic of sound such as pitch, volume, timbre.. . .

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