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Biological Essentialism, Projectable Human Kinds, and Psychiatric Classification

Tsou, Jonathan Y. (2022) Biological Essentialism, Projectable Human Kinds, and Psychiatric Classification. [Preprint]

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Abstract

A minimal essentialism (‘intrinsic biological essentialism’) about natural kinds is required to explain the projectability of human science terms. Human classifications that yield robust and ampliative projectable inferences refer to biological kinds. I articulate this argument with reference to an intrinsic essentialist account of HPC kinds. This account implies that human sciences (e.g., medicine, psychiatry) that aim to formulate predictive kind categories should classify biological kinds. Issues concerning psychiatric classification and pluralism are examined.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Tsou, Jonathan Y.jtsou@iastate.edu0000-0002-3939-1518
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Natural Kinds
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Psychiatry
Depositing User: Jonathan Y. Tsou
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2022 04:05
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2022 04:05
Item ID: 20474
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Natural Kinds
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Psychiatry
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20474

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