Putnam on the Meaning of Natural Kind Terms

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 7 (4):819 - 828 (1977)
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In "the meaning of 'meaning'," hilary putnam uses three "twin earth" examples to argue that natural kind terms do not have a sense. I argue that the first two only show that kind terms are like indexicals and that they are rigid designators but that this is compatible with having a sense. The third argument relies on a theory about the epistemological role of kind terms and the claim that there are no analytic truths about kinds that could arise from a sense



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Bernard Linsky
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