Boundaries, Conventions, and Realism

In Michael O'Rourke, Joseph K. Campbell & Matthew H. Slater (eds.), Carving Nature at Its Joints: Natural Kinds in Metaphysics and Science. MIT Press. pp. 129–153 (2011)
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Are there any bona fide boundaries, i.e., boundaries that carve at the joints? Or is any boundary —hence any object—the result of a fiat articulation reflecting our cognitive biases and our so-cial practices and conventions? Does the choice between these two options amount to a choice between realism and wholesome relativism?
Keywords Conventionalism  Boundaries  Carving
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DOI 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015936.003.0007
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