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Why do certain ways of categorizing make sense more than others? Is this the intuition behind natural kinds?

From my understanding, natural kinds are kinds that in some way don’t depend on the motivation of the person. In this very specific sense, how can anything adhere to this requirement? Even a single ...
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Does Nelson Goodman’s strictures against similarity show that natural kinds don’t exist?

Natural kinds are kinds that correspond to a grouping that reflects the structure of the natural world rather than the interests and actions of human beings. But for a kind or grouping to exist, the ...
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What is the philosophy that deals with concepts being correctly fitted to reality or "carving reality at the joints"?

In philosophy of science thinkers sometimes speak of certain theoretical concepts "carving nature at its joints" (I think this might have been used prominently by Hilary Putnam but I can't ...
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Why is everything in a different category despite their similar origins?

Assuming a non-religious stance, we are made of the atoms that make up everything else in the universe. Why are we categorized as humans, and not the stars that existed billions of years ago and ...