Natural kinds and biological realisms
Graduate studies at Western
|Abstract||There are a number of “realism” issues in biology, issues about what “exists,” what is “real,” what is “objective.” In general, realism issues tend to be confused and the biological ones are no exception. We shall see that the interesting “realism” issues in biology are best seen as ones over which kinds “carve nature at its joints,” which ones are “natural kinds.” And that seeing them as “realism” issues has caused unclarity and confusion.|
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