PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Assessing Stable Property Cluster Kinds

Outside of the neater confines of certain paradigm cases, philosophers of science have struggled to account for the myriad messy natural kinds in fields such as biology. In “Natural Kindness”, Matthew Slater provides a response to this challenge with a pragmatic account of natural kinds as stable property cluster (SPC) kinds. In this paper, I assess the limits of Slater’s SPC account and argue that we should not abandon what Slater calls the grounding claim, which asserts the importance of a metaphysical ground for our epistemic practices.

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Eduardo Martinez    
Philosophy
University of Michigan

 

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