There are kinds and kinds of kinds: Ben-yami on the semantics of kind terms

Philosophical Studies 136 (2):217-248 (2007)
Abstract
Hanoch Ben-Yami has argued that the theory of the semantics of natural kind terms proposed by Kripke and Putnam is false and has proposed an allegedly novel account of the semantics of kind terms. In this article, I critically examine Ben-Yami’s arguments. I will argue that Ben-Yami’s objections do not show that Kripke and Putnam’s theory is false, but at most that the specific versions of it held by Kripke and Putnam have some weaknesses. Moreover, I will argue that Ben-Yami’s account is not a novel account but it is only an unsatisfactory version of Kripke and Putnam’s theory.
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Hanoch Ben-Yami (2001). The Semantics of Kind Terms. Philosophical Studies 102 (2):155-184.
Keith Donnellan (1983). Kripke and Putnam on Natural Kind Terms. In C. Ginet & S. Shoemaker (eds.), Knowledge and Mind. Oxford Univresity Press. 84-104.

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