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Carl Brusse
University of Sydney
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Conceptual change can occur for a variety of reasons; some more scientifically significant than others. The 2006 definition of ‘planet’, which saw Pluto reclassified as a dwarf planet, is an example toward the more mundane end of the scale. I argue however that this case serves as a useful example of a related phenomenon, whereby what appears to be a single kind term conceals two or more distinct concepts with independent scientific utility. I examine the historical background to this case, as a template for developing additional evidence for pluralist approaches to conceptual disputes within science and elsewhere.
Keywords Astronomy  Conceptual change  Kind terms  Natural kinds  Pluralism  Polysemy
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DOI 10.1016/j.shpsb.2015.11.002
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