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Natural Kinds, philosophy: deviating from the biological definition, substances such as gold, water, etc. are referred to as natural kinds in the recent philosophical discussion. This goes back to the way in which these terms were introduced. (See H. Putnam, “The Meaning of 'Meaning”'. In Philosophical Papers, Vol. 2. Mind, Language and Reality, Cambridge.) Starting from a primary showing, the natural kind is defined as "something like this". The decisive point here is that there is no limit to future research. Virtually, any property that is initially attributed can prove to be a false assumption. See also introduction, definitions, terms.
 
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natural kind / Wright: E.g. gold: it may turn out that there is no gold because no interesting common physical property - E.g. Color: anyway no danger, since in fact no physical similarities, so color is not a natural kind.

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Wahrheit und Objektivität Frankfurt 2001


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-26