Letting go of “natural kind”: Toward a multidimensional framework of nonarbitrary classification

David Ludwig*

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Abstract

This article uses the case study of ethnobiological classification to develop a positive and a negative thesis about the state of natural kind debates. On the one hand, I argue that current accounts of natural kinds can be integrated in a multidimensional framework that advances understanding of classificatory practices in ethnobiology. On the other hand, I argue that such a multidimensional framework does not leave any substantial work for the notion “natural kind” and that attempts to formulate a general account of naturalness have become an obstacle to understanding classificatory practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-52
JournalPhilosophy of Science
Volume85
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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