Synthese 199 (5-6):12315-12330 (2021)

Real kinds, both natural and social categories, are characterized by rich inductive potential. They have relatively stable sets of conceptually independent projectable properties. Somewhat surprisingly, even some purely social categories show such multiple projectability. The article explores the origin of the inductive richness of social categories and concepts. I argue that existing philosophical accounts provide only a partial explanation, and mechanisms of boundary formation and stabilization must be brought into view for a more comprehensive account of inductively rich social categories.
Keywords social kind  projectability  social construction  boundary maintenance  boundary work
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-021-03334-x
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