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Kant and Natural Kind Terms

Forgione, Luca (2016) Kant and Natural Kind Terms. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 31 (1). pp. 55-72. ISSN 2171-679X

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As is well known, the linguistic/philosophical reflection on natural kind terms has undergone a remarkable development in the early seventies with Putnam and Kripke’s essentialist approaches (cf. §3), touching upon different aspects (metaphysical and epistemological in particular) of Kant’s slant. Preliminarily, however, it might be useful to review some of the theoretical stages in Locke and Leibniz’s approaches on natural kind terms in the light of contemporary reflections (cf. § 2), to eventually pinpoint Kant’s contribution and see how some commentators have placed it within the theory of direct reference (cf. §4). Starting with textual evidence even from the logical corpus (cf. §§5-6), in the present essay I will attempt to discuss some of the arguments dismissing Kant’s adherence to this view. These assume that in his approach to the semantics of natural kind terms, Kant appears to be still holding on to a nominalist/conceptualist position, though he seems to be well aware of a few key issues for the theorists of direct reference (§§7-8).

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Kant; theory of natural kind terms; direct reference theory; indexicality; Leibniz
Subjects: General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2016 19:43
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2016 19:43
Item ID: 12172
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
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DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.14436
Subjects: General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Date: January 2016
Page Range: pp. 55-72
Volume: 31
Number: 1
ISSN: 2171-679X

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