<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Dupre (John) - Wilkerson on Natural Kinds (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_21/PaperSummary_21020.htm">Wilkerson on Natural Kinds</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/D/Author_Dupre (John).htm">Dupre (John)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Philosophy 64 1989, pp. 248-251</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperSummary_21020.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PapersToNotes_21020.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Author s Introduction</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>While I certainly do not intend to discourage the drawing of inspiration from the works of Aristotle, when one's aim is to illuminate the practice and metaphysics of contemporary science such inspiration must surely be tempered by a passing acquaintance with the deliverances of, say, the last hundred years of scientific inquiry. </li><li>T. E. Wilkerson's paper, '<a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_27.htm">Natural Kinds</A><SUP>1</SUP>' (Philosophy 63 (1988) 29-42) falls regrettably short of this desideratum. Wilkerson makes a number of points about <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_10.htm">sortal</A><SUP>2</SUP> terms, and proposes a number of distinctions between types of such terms. Much of this seems useful and unobjectionable. </li><li>My concern here is solely with what he considers to be <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_27.htm">natural kinds</A><SUP>3</SUP> and <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_27.htm">natural kind</A><SUP>4</SUP> terms.</li></ol> </FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>See <a name="5"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/W/Author_Wilkerson (T.E.).htm">T.E. Wilkerson</A>.<BR><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="2018-08-02T09:30" pubdate>02/08/2018 09:30:30</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>