Words, Species, and Kinds
James Miller
November 2021
 

It has been widely argued that words are analogous to species such that words, like species, are natural kinds. In this paper, I consider the metaphysics of word-kinds. After arguing against an essentialist approach, I argue that word-kinds are homeostatic property clusters, in line with the dominant approach to other biological and psychological kinds.
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Published in: Metaphysics
keywords: words; kinds; homeostatic property clusters; natural kinds, morphology
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