Perspectives on Classification in Synthetic Sciences: Unnatural Kinds

1st Edition

Julia Bursten

July 23, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 216 Pages
ISBN 9781138298101 - CAT# Y365484
Series: History and Philosophy of Technoscience


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This volume launches a new series of contemporary conversations about scientific classification. Most philosophical conversations about kinds have focused centrally or solely on natural kinds, that is, kinds whose existence is not dependent on the scientific process of synthesis. This volume refocuses conversations about classification on un-natural, or synthetic, kinds via extensive study of two paradigm cases of unnatural kinds: in the first place, nanomaterials, and in the second, stem cells and synthetic biology.

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