Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 20 (5):551-569 (1995)

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, Lawrie Reznek argues that disease is not a natural kind term. I raise objections to Reznek's two central arguments for establishing that disease is not a natural kind. In criticizing his a priori, conceptual argument against naturalism, I argue that his conclusion rests on a weaker argument that appeals to the empirical diversity in the symptoms and manifestations of disease. I also raise questions about the account of natural kinds which Reznek utilizes and his point that conventions for classification are excluded by there being natural kinds. Keywords: Disease, natural kind, value judgement CiteULike Connotea Del.icio.us What's this?
Keywords DISEASE  JUDGMENT  NATURALISM  SCIENCE  VALUE
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DOI 10.1093/jmp/20.5.551
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