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Journal:   FALSAFE-YE ELM (PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE)   SPRING-SUMMER 2012 , Volume 2 , Number 1; Page(s) 1 To 22.
 
Paper: 

CHEMICAL KINDS, DISCOVERY OR CONVENTION: A STUDY ON JOSEPH LAPORTE'S VIEW ABOUT THE REFERENCES OF NATURAL KINDS' TERMS

 
 
Author(s):  ALASTI KEYVAN*
 
* IRANIAN INSTITUTE OF PHILOSOPHY
 
Abstract: 

According to Hilary Putnam, two different levels of empirical investigations regarding natural kinds are available: discovering essence and distinguishing genuine samples from fake ones. Recently, Joseph LaPorte has presented a dilemma in naming natural kinds. He showed that for any kind there are some vague samples which scientists cannot decide whether take them as an unknown variation of the kind or not to consider them as extensions of that kind. On the one hand, discovering the kind's essence is possible for scientists only when they recognize the range of differences between kind's variations, and on the other hand, they can distinguish different kind variations only when they know the kind's essence. Here, LaPorte has presented his own solution. According to him, the kind's essence is not discovered but stipulated. In this essay we shall try to present an alternative solution in which discovering an essence is possible.

 
Keyword(s): THEORETICAL TERMS, NATURAL KIND TERMS, REFERENCE, ESSENCE, STIPULATION, DISCOVERY
 
 
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APA: Copy

ALASTI, K. (2012). CHEMICAL KINDS, DISCOVERY OR CONVENTION: A STUDY ON JOSEPH LAPORTE'S VIEW ABOUT THE REFERENCES OF NATURAL KINDS' TERMS. FALSAFE-YE ELM (PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE), 2(1), 1-22. https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=277254



Vancouver: Copy

ALASTI KEYVAN. CHEMICAL KINDS, DISCOVERY OR CONVENTION: A STUDY ON JOSEPH LAPORTE'S VIEW ABOUT THE REFERENCES OF NATURAL KINDS' TERMS. FALSAFE-YE ELM (PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE). 2012 [cited 2021August04];2(1):1-22. Available from: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=277254



IEEE: Copy

ALASTI, K., 2012. CHEMICAL KINDS, DISCOVERY OR CONVENTION: A STUDY ON JOSEPH LAPORTE'S VIEW ABOUT THE REFERENCES OF NATURAL KINDS' TERMS. FALSAFE-YE ELM (PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE), [online] 2(1), pp.1-22. Available: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=277254.



 
 
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