Ian Hacking, 21 February 1991
Show More Cognitive Foundations of Natural History: Towards an Anthropology of Science by Scott Atran.
Cambridge, 360 pp., £35, August 1990, 0 521 37293 3Show More
“... of signatures, whereby plants were the signs of minerals which were the signs of stars (François Jacob, Michel Foucault). The semantics of natural kind terms is such that, when we speak of living things, we are referring, whether we know it or not, to the fundamental kinds at which science aims (Saul Kripke and, sometimes, Hilary Putnam). We have an ...”