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Scurvy and the ontology of natural kinds

Magnus, P.D. (2022) Scurvy and the ontology of natural kinds. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Some philosophers understand natural kinds to be the categories which are constraints on enquiry. In order to elaborate the metaphysics appropriate to such an account, I consider the complicated history of scurvy, citrus, and vitamin C. It may be tempting to understand these categories in a shallow way (as mere property clusters) or in a deep way (as fundamental properties). Neither approach is adequate, and the case instead calls for middle-range ontology: starting from categories which we identify in the world and elaborating their structure, but not pretending to jump ahead to a complete story about fundamental being.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Magnus, P.D.0000-0002-2446-3494
Keywords: natural kinds, scurvy, middle range ontology
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Health and Disease
General Issues > Natural Kinds
Depositing User: P.D. Magnus
Date Deposited: 31 May 2022 02:32
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 02:32
Item ID: 20687
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Health and Disease
General Issues > Natural Kinds
Date: 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20687

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