This edited volume of 13 new essays aims to turn past discussions
of natural kinds on their head. Instead of presenting a
metaphysical view of kinds based largely on an unempirical vantage
point, it pursues questions of kindedness which take the use of
kinds and activities of kinding in practice as significant in the
articulation of them as kinds. The book brings philosophical study
of current and historical episodes and case studies from various
scientific disciplines to bear on natural kinds as traditionally
conceived of within metaphysics. Focusing on these practices
reveals the different knowledge-producing activities of kinding and
processes involved in natural kind use, generation, and discovery.
Specialists in their field, the esteemed group of contributors use
diverse empirically responsive approaches to explore the nature of
kindhood. This groundbreaking volume presents detailed case studies
that exemplify kinding in use. Newly written for this volume, each
chapter engages with the activities of kinding across a variety of
disciplines. Chapter topics include the nature of kinds, kindhood,
kinding, and kind-making in linguistics, chemical classification,
neuroscience, gene and protein classification, colour theory in
applied mathematics, homology in comparative biology, sex and
gender identity theory, memory research, race, extended cognition,
symbolic algebra, cartography, and geographic information science.
The volume seeks to open up an as-yet unexplored area within the
emerging field of philosophy of science in practice, and
constitutes a valuable addition to the disciplines of philosophy
and history of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
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