Is 'Natural Kind' a Natural Kind Term?
Dupre (John)
Source: Monist; Jan2002, Vol. 85 Issue 1, p29, 21p
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  1. This paper investigates the applicability of a very weak conception of natural kinds1 to various areas of biology. This conception starts from the idea that given sufficiently well articulated aims of a particular enquiry, there may be an optimal way of classifying the entities within the relevant domain.
  2. The appropriateness of this conception of natural kinds2 is generally supported, but it is also argued that no stronger conception can be sustained. Consequently, since there is no reason to suppose that the many enquiries within biology will require the same classificatory principles, this account implies an irreducible pluralism of biological classifications.

EBSCOHost Abstract
  1. Examines the concept of taxonomy in biology.
  2. Prevalence of laws;
  3. Importance of identifying natural kinds3 in science;
  4. Emphasis on the fundamental law of evolutionary theory.

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