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Single Idea 17507

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / B. Natural Kinds / 5. Reference to Natural Kinds]

Full Idea

Natural kinds can be associated with 'strong' stereotypes (giving a strong picture of a typical member, like a tiger), or with 'weak' stereotypes (with no idea of a sufficient condition, such as molybdenum or elm).

Gist of Idea

Natural kind stereotypes are 'strong' (obvious, like tiger) or 'weak' (obscure, like molybdenum)


Hilary Putnam (Explanation and Reference [1973], II C)

Book Reference

Putnam,Hilary: 'Mind Language and Reality: Papers vol 2' [CUP 1975], p.205