© 2012

Scientific Enquiry and Natural Kinds

From Planets to Mallards


Part of the New Directions in the Philosophy of Science book series (NDPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. P. D. Magnus
    Pages 1-3
  3. P. D. Magnus
    Pages 4-46
  4. P. D. Magnus
    Pages 47-67
  5. P. D. Magnus
    Pages 68-102
  6. P. D. Magnus
    Pages 103-125
  7. P. D. Magnus
    Pages 126-146
  8. P. D. Magnus
    Pages 147-191
  9. P. D. Magnus
    Pages 192-194
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 195-210

About this book


Some scientific categories seem to correspond to genuine features of the world and are indispensable for successful science in some domain; in short, they are natural kinds. This book gives a general account of what it is to be a natural kind and puts the account to work illuminating numerous specific examples.


bibliography knowledge ontology science

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University at AlbanySUNYUSA

About the authors

P.D. MAGNUS is Associate Professor and teaches philosophy at the University at Albany, SUNY, USA. He has been a visiting fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science in Pittsburgh, he is the co-editor (with Jacob Busch) of New Waves in Philosophy of Science, and he is the author or co-author of dozens of published essays.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Scientific Enquiry and Natural Kinds
  • Book Subtitle From Planets to Mallards
  • Authors P. Magnus
  • Series Title New Directions in the Philosophy of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2012
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Religion & Philosophy Collection Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-230-36917-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-35035-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-27125-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 210
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
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