The Nature of Classification: Relationships and Kinds in the Natural Sciences

Hardcover | November 27, 2013

byJohn S. Wilkins, Malte C. Ebach

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The Nature of Classification discusses an old and generally ignored issue in the philosophy of science: natural classification. It argues for classification to be a sometimes theory-free activity in science, and discusses the existence of scientific domains, theory-dependence of observation, the inferential relations of classification and theory, and the nature of the classificatory activity in general. It focuses on biological classification, but extends the discussion to physics, psychiatry, meteorology and other special sciences.

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The Nature of Classification discusses an old and generally ignored issue in the philosophy of science: natural classification. It argues for classification to be a sometimes theory-free activity in science, and discusses the existence of scientific domains, theory-dependence of observation, the inferential relations of classification ...

John S. Wilkins is Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and Associate Fellow at the University of Sydney, Australia. He works on evolution and religion, the philosophy of taxonomy, and the history of biology. He has published on cognition, cultural evolution, the philosophy of science, and on science communication.Malte C. ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 11.08 × 5.65 × 0.56 inPublished:November 27, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230347924

ISBN - 13:9780230347922

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. The Nature of Science
2. Nature and Classification
3. Scientific Classification
4. Homology and Analogy
5. Monsters and Misclassifications
6. Observation, Theory and Domains
7. Radistics: A Neutral Terminology
8. Worth the Knowing
Bibliography
Index