Mind and Language 35 (2):183-208 (2020)

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Kevin Tobia
Georgetown University
Joshua Knobe
Yale University
Abstract
The Twin Earth thought experiment invites us to consider a liquid that has all of the superficial properties associated with water (clear, potable, etc.) but has entirely different deeper causal properties (composed of “XYZ” rather than of H2O). Debates about natural kind concepts have sought to accommodate an apparent fact about ordinary people's judgments: Intuitively, the Twin Earth liquid is not water. We present results showing that people do not have this intuition. Instead, people tend to judge that there is a sense in which the liquid is not water but also a sense in which it is water.
Keywords Twin Earth  concepts  dual character  experimental philosophy  natural kinds
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DOI 10.1111/mila.12234
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