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Biological Kinds and the Causal Theory of Reference

By Ingo Brigandt

Abstract

This paper uses an example from biology, the homology concept, to argue that current versions of the causal theory of reference give an incomplete account of reference determination. It is suggested that in addition to samples and stereotypical properties, the scientific use of concepts and the epistemic interests pursued with concepts are important factors in determining the reference of natural kind terms

Topics: Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Science
Publisher: Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society
Year: 2004
OAI identifier: oai:cogprints.org:3935
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