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Single Idea 15886

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / B. Natural Kinds / 1. Natural Kinds]

Full Idea

The animating principle behind the material and discursive practices of science is the thesis that nature exemplifies multiple hierarchies of natural kinds.

Gist of Idea

Science rests on the principle that nature is a hierarchy of natural kinds

Source

Rom Harr (Laws of Nature [1993], 5)

Book Reference

Harr,Rom: 'Laws of Nature' [Duckworth 1993], p.102


A Reaction

I agree. I take it to be a brute fact that there seem to be lots of stable natural kinds, which are worth investigating as long as they stay stable. If they are unstable, there needs to be something stable to measure that by - or we give up.