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Carving nature at its joints : natural kinds in metaphysics and science / edited by Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke, and Matthew H. Slater.

Contributor(s): Campbell, Joseph Keim, 1958- [editor.] | O'Rourke, Michael, 1963- [editor.] | Slater, Matthew H, 1977- [editor.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Topics in contemporary philosophy: Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2011]Copyright date: ©2011Description: 1 online resource (viii, 355 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0262298783; 9780262298780; 1283321750; 9781283321754.Subject(s): Naturalism | Science -- Philosophy | Philosophy of nature | MetaphysicsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Carving nature at its joints.DDC classification: 113 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Introduction : lessons from the scientific butchery / Matthew H. Slater and Andrea Borghini -- Induction, samples, and kinds / Peter Godfrey-Smith -- It takes more than all kinds to make a world / Alexander Bird -- Lange and laws, kinds, and counterfactuals / Alexander Bird -- Are fundamental laws necessary or contingent? / Noa Latham -- Para-natural kinds / Roy Sorensen -- Boundaries, conventions, and realism / Achille C. Varzi -- Natural kinds and biological realisms / Michael Devitt -- Three ways of resisting essentialism about natural kinds / Bence Nanay -- Arthritis and nature's joints / Neil E. Williams -- Predicting populations by modeling individuals / Bruce Glymour -- Similarity and species concepts / Jason G. Rheins -- Species concepts and natural goodness / Judith K. Crane and Ronald Sandler -- How to think about the free will/determinism problem / Kadri Vihvelin.
Summary: "Contemporary discussions of the success of science often invoke an ancient metaphor from Plato's Phaedrus: successful theories should 'carve nature at its joints.' But is nature really 'jointed'? Are there natural kinds of things around which our theories cut? The essays in this volume offer reflections by a distinguished group of philosophers on a series of intertwined issues in the metaphysics and epistemology of classification. The contributors consider such topics as the relevance of natural kinds in inductive inference; the role of natural kinds in natural laws; the nature of fundamental properties; the naturalness of boundaries; the metaphysics and epistemology of biological kinds; and the relevance of biological kinds to certain questions in ethics. Carving nature at its joints offers both breadth and thematic unity, providing a sampling of state-of-the-art work in contemporary analytic philosophy that will be of interest to a wide audience of scholars and students concerned with classification."--MIT CogNet.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction : lessons from the scientific butchery / Matthew H. Slater and Andrea Borghini -- Induction, samples, and kinds / Peter Godfrey-Smith -- It takes more than all kinds to make a world / Alexander Bird -- Lange and laws, kinds, and counterfactuals / Alexander Bird -- Are fundamental laws necessary or contingent? / Noa Latham -- Para-natural kinds / Roy Sorensen -- Boundaries, conventions, and realism / Achille C. Varzi -- Natural kinds and biological realisms / Michael Devitt -- Three ways of resisting essentialism about natural kinds / Bence Nanay -- Arthritis and nature's joints / Neil E. Williams -- Predicting populations by modeling individuals / Bruce Glymour -- Similarity and species concepts / Jason G. Rheins -- Species concepts and natural goodness / Judith K. Crane and Ronald Sandler -- How to think about the free will/determinism problem / Kadri Vihvelin.

"Contemporary discussions of the success of science often invoke an ancient metaphor from Plato's Phaedrus: successful theories should 'carve nature at its joints.' But is nature really 'jointed'? Are there natural kinds of things around which our theories cut? The essays in this volume offer reflections by a distinguished group of philosophers on a series of intertwined issues in the metaphysics and epistemology of classification. The contributors consider such topics as the relevance of natural kinds in inductive inference; the role of natural kinds in natural laws; the nature of fundamental properties; the naturalness of boundaries; the metaphysics and epistemology of biological kinds; and the relevance of biological kinds to certain questions in ethics. Carving nature at its joints offers both breadth and thematic unity, providing a sampling of state-of-the-art work in contemporary analytic philosophy that will be of interest to a wide audience of scholars and students concerned with classification."--MIT CogNet.

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