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  1. Emma Tobin, What Makes the Special Sciences Special – Exploring Scientific Methodology in the Special Sciences.
    NOESIS, Cambridge Scholarly Press, 2005.
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  2. Emma Tobin, Natural Kinds & Symbiosis.
    Biological species are often taken as counterexamples to essentialist accounts of natural kinds. Essentialists like Ellis (2001) agree with nominalists that because biological kinds evolve, any distinctions between kinds of biological kind must ultimately be arbitrary. The resulting vagueness in the extension of natural kind predicates in the case of species has led to the claim that species ought to be construed as individuals rather than kinds (Ghiselin 1974, 1987; Hull 1976, 1978). I examine the possibility that causal features extrinsic (...)
     
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  3. Emma Tobin, Natural Kinds, Causal Relata and Causal Relations.
    Realist accounts of natural kinds rely on an account of causation where the relata of causal relations are real and discrete. These views about natural kinds entail very different accounts of causation. In particular, the necessity of the causal relation given the instantiation of the properties of natural kinds is more robust in the fundamental sciences (e.g. physics and chemistry) than it is in the life sciences (e.g. biology and the medical sciences). In this paper, I wish to argue that (...)
     
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  4. Emma Tobin, Structural Realism & the Metaphysics of Natural Kinds.
    This paper examines whether structural realism entails an anti-realist thesis about natural kinds. Structural Realism is the view that the scientific realist can only support a realist claim about the structure of reality rather than its objects. Ladyman (1998) (2002) & French & Ladyman (2003) motivate the claim that ontic structural realism eliminates ‘objects’ as a distinct ontological category, thereby eliminating any possibility of a metaphysical account of individual objects. This is empirically motivated by fundamental physics. Those inclined towards realism (...)
     
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  5. Emma Tobin (2013). Properties Distinct? In Stephen Mumford & Matthew Tugby (eds.), Metaphysics and Science. Oxford University Press. 164.
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  6. Emma Tobin (2012). The Theory of Everything? Metascience 21 (1):65-69.
    The theory of everything? Content Type Journal Article Pages 1-5 DOI 10.1007/s11016-011-9527-3 Authors Emma Tobin, Science and Technology Studies, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT UK Journal Metascience Online ISSN 1467-9981 Print ISSN 0815-0796.
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  7. Emma Tobin (2010). Crosscutting Natural Kinds and the Hierarchy Thesis. In Helen Beebee & Nigel Sabbarton-Leary (eds.), The Semantics and Metaphysics of Natural Kinds. Routledge. 1--179.
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  8. Emma Tobin (2010). Microstructuralism and Macromolecules: The Case of Moonlighting Proteins. [REVIEW] Foundations of Chemistry 12 (1):41-54.
    Microstructuralism in the philosophy of chemistry is the thesis that chemical kinds can be individuated in terms of their microstructural properties (Hendry in Philos Sci 73:864–875, 2006 ). Elements provide paradigmatic examples, since the atomic number should suffice to individuate the kind. In theory, Microstructuralism should also characterise higher-level chemical kinds such as molecules, compounds, and macromolecules based on their constituent atomic properties. In this paper, several microstructural theses are distinguished. An analysis of macromolecules such as moonlighting proteins suggests that (...)
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  9. Emma Tobin & Alexander Bird, Natural Kinds. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  10. Alexander Bird & Emma Tobin (2008). Natural Kinds. In Edward N. Zalta (ed.), Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  11. Emma Tobin (2005). Hacia un nuevo modelo explicativo para las ciencias especiales. Enrahonar 37:213-223.
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