Natural Kinds and Genesis: The Classification of Material Entities

2017.06.31 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stewart Umphrey, Natural Kinds and Genesis: The Classification of Material Entities, Lexington, 2016, 173pp., $80.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2017.06.31 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stewart Umphrey, Natural Kinds and Genesis: The Classification of Material Entities, Lexington, 2016, 173pp., $80.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781498531412. Reviewed by Jonathan Davies, University of Exeter This monograph aims to set out and defend a realist position about natural kinds. Stewart Umphrey’s argument touches on a range of traditional metaphysical topics, as well as exploring the role of natural-kinds thinking in the sciences. His aim is to defend the claim that there exist “irreducibly thick particulars of the sort presupposed in everyday life” with at least some of these “belong[ing] to natural kinds in virtue of their essences; and that these kinds, as types, are real substantive universals” (p. 41). The general pattern of argumentation is to lay out a range of possible objections to Umphrey’s various realisms, and to suggest that, on balance, we are justified in accepting that there are in fact natural. . .

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