Natural Kind Thingamajigs

International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 26 (1):97 - 101 (2012)
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I criticize the treatment of natural kinds as some sort of object, advocated in a recent paper by Alexander Bird. The arguments he gives for regimenting an illustrative statement featuring chemical kinds in his preferred manner are not conclusive, and his criticisms of an alternative strategy involving universally quantified sentences fail. This is important because of the widespread but poorly supported assumption that expressions of natural kinds should be treated as singular referring terms

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The metaphysics of natural kinds.Alexander Bird - 2018 - Synthese 195 (4):1397-1426.
Referring to Natural Kind Thingamajigs, and What They Are: A Reply to Needham.Alexander Bird - 2012 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 26 (1):103-109.

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