Synthese 195 (4):1397-1426 (2018)

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Alexander James Bird
Cambridge University
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This paper maps the landscape for a range of views concerning the metaphysics of natural kinds. I consider a range of increasingly ontologically committed views concerning natural kinds and the possible arguments for them. I then ask how these relate to natural kind essentialism, arguing that essentialism requires commitment to kinds as entities. I conclude by examining the homeostatic property cluster view of kinds in the light of the general understanding of kinds developed.
Keywords Natural kinds  Metaphysics  Ontology  Universals  Essentialism  Realism
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-015-0833-y
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