Biological Theory

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 187–190 | Cite as

Bridging Disciplines? An Inquiry on the Future of Natural Kinds in Philosophy and the Life Sciences

Natural Kinds in Philosophy and in the Life Sciences: Scholastic Twilight or New Dawn? Granada, Spain, 7–9 September 2011
  • Ann-Sophie BarwichEmail author
  • Alba Amilburu
Meeting Report

In September 2011, the University of Granada hosted a three-day workshop on Natural Kinds, jointly organized by Miles MacLeod (Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI), Altenberg, Austria), María José Frápolli (Department of Philosophy I, University of Granada, Spain), and Thomas Reydon (Institute of Philosophy, Leibniz University at Hannover, Germany).

The goal of this workshop was to explore the future of the natural kinds’ concept and possible points of intersection between the philosophy of the life sciences and scientific research. According to the organizers, the specific need for such a meeting emerged from a philosophical skepticism towards the usefulness of the natural kinds concept for science as well as philosophy of science, and the recent trend to abandon the notion altogether, as proposed by Ian Hacking (2007). To analyze the tenability of such a claim, the workshop addressed the issue of what counts as a “natural category” and furthermore the...


Natural Kind Scientific Practice Philosophical Concept Natural Kind Term Metaphysical Assumption 
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© Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognitive Research 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Egenis, University of ExeterExeterUK
  2. 2.Department of Logic and Philosophy of ScienceIAS Centre for Life, Mind & Society, University of the Basque CountryDonostia-San SebastiánSpain

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