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Philosophy Speakers Program: Marc Ereshefsky (Calgary), "Natural Kinds: The Stuff of Metaphysics or Scientific Practice?"

Date & Time:
February 28, 2014 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Philosophy Speakers Program presents

MARC ERESHEFSKY, "Natural Kinds: The Stuff of Metaphysics or Scientific Practice?"

Location: Social Sciences Building, Room 1253

About the Talk:

Richard Boyd's Homeostatic Property Cluster Theory (HPS Theory) is the received view of natural kinds in the philosophy of science. However, there is a mismatch between HPC kinds and the kinds of science. On the one hand, HPC Theory neglects many kinds highlighted by science; on the other hand, it includes kinds not recognized by science. Who is right: the philosophers or the scientists? An adequate philosophical account of kinds should capture the classificatory practices of our best science. In this talk, an alternative account of natural kinds is offered that is more consistent with scientific practice.

About the Speaker:

Marc Ereshefsky (PhD Wisconsin-Madison) is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Calgary, specializing in the philosophy of science and the philosophy of biology. His research focuses on issues at the intersection of philosophy and biology and has been supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the National Science Foundation.

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