Natural and artifactual kinds: are children realists or relativists about categories?

@article{Kalish1998NaturalAA,
  title={Natural and artifactual kinds: are children realists or relativists about categories?},
  author={Charles W. Kalish},
  journal={Developmental psychology},
  year={1998},
  volume={34 2},
  pages={376-91}
}
Research in cognitive development has highlighted important differences between conceptions of natural kinds and artifacts. One interpretation of the distinction is that natural kinds are categories one discovers, whereas artifactual kinds are invented. Four studies assessed whether children and adults saw categorization decisions as objective matters of fact or as invented conventions. Preschool-age children treated basic-level categories of animals and human-made artifacts as objective. At… CONTINUE READING