Synthese 145 (1):65-87 (2005)

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Asa Maria Wikforss
Stockholm University
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This paper discusses whether it can be known a priori that a particular term, such as water, is a natural kind term, and how this problem relates to Putnams claim that natural kind terms require an externalist semantics. Two conceptions of natural kind terms are contrasted: The first holds that whether water is a natural kind term depends on its a priori knowable semantic features. The second
Keywords Epistemology  Externalism  Name  Natural Kinds  Term  Putnam, Hilary
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