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Kant, Science, and Human Nature$
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Robert Hanna

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199285549

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285549.001.0001

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Manifest Realism II: Why Gold is Necessarily a Yellow Metal

Manifest Realism II: Why Gold is Necessarily a Yellow Metal

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(p.191) 4 Manifest Realism II: Why Gold is Necessarily a Yellow Metal
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Kant, Science, and Human Nature
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285549.003.0005

This chapter aims to work out the positive theory behind Kant's surprising claim that gold is necessarily a yellow metal, using scientific essentialism only as a critical foil. It discusses Kant's theory of natural kind terms and scientific realism in the manifest image. It explains Kant's Other Joke, which vindicates both natural science in general and fundamental physics in particular in a way that would similarly flummox the noumenal scientific realist.

Keywords:   scientific essentialism, theory of natural kind terms, scientific realism

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