<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>LaPorte (Joseph) - In search of pigeonholes (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperSummary_7414.htm">In search of pigeonholes</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/L/Author_LaPorte (Joseph).htm">LaPorte (Joseph)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Philosophical Quarterly, 1995, Vol. 45 Issue 181, p499, 7p</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperSummary_7414.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Philosophers Index Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>One problem for essentialist views about biological kinds is that these kinds appear to merge into one another. </li><li><a name="4"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/W/Author_Wilkerson (T.E.).htm">T.E. Wilkerson</A> has recently tried to circumvent this problem by suggesting that <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_27.htm">natural kinds</A><SUP>1</SUP> from biology are narrower than they have been thought to be, so that they are in more exclusive than species. </li><li>In the present article I examine this proposal. I investigate plausible candidates for sharply delimited, narrow kinds. None seems to pass muster. </li><li>I conclude that, for all that's been said, there is a little reason to think that the biological world neatly divides into narrow, pigeonhole-like units. </li></ol></FONT><BR><u>EBSCOHost</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Comments on philosopher T.E. Wilkerson's claim that the taxa biologists recognize are characterized by artificial boundaries. </li><li>Delimiting of biological kinds by gender; </li><li>Attractiveness of tying sex with <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_27.htm">natural kinds</A><SUP>2</SUP>; </li><li>Ways in which monozygotic <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1173.htm">twins</A><SUP>3</SUP> can differ.</li></ol></FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T06:58" pubdate>02/08/2018 06:58:49</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>