Natural kinds as nodes in causal networks

@article{Khalidi2015NaturalKA,
  title={Natural kinds as nodes in causal networks},
  author={Muhammad Ali Khalidi},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={2015},
  volume={195},
  pages={1379-1396}
}
In this paper I offer a unified causal account of natural kinds. Using as a starting point the widely held view that natural kind terms or predicates are projectible, I argue that the ontological bases of their projectibility are the causal properties and relations associated with the natural kinds themselves. Natural kinds are not just concatenations of properties but ordered hierarchies of properties, whose instances are related to one another as causes and effects in recurrent causal… CONTINUE READING
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