What are natural kinds?

Philosophical Perspectives 25 (1):205-221 (2011)
Abstract
We articulate a view of natural kinds as complex universals. We do not attempt to argue for the existence of universals. Instead, we argue that, given the existence of universals, and of natural kinds, the latter can be understood in terms of the former, and that this provides a rich, flexible framework within which to discuss issues of indeterminacy, essentialism, induction, and reduction. Along the way, we develop a 'problem of the many' for universals.
Keywords Natural kinds  structural universals  problem of the many
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DOI 10.1111/j.1520-8583.2011.00212.x
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