natural kinds

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  • Natural kind — Chemical elements like gold are good candidates for natural kinds. In philosophy, a natural kind is a natural grouping, not an artificial one. Or, it is something that a set of things (objects, events, beings) has in common which distinguishes it …   Wikipedia

  • Natural philosophy — For the current in the 19th century German idealism, see Naturphilosophie. A celestial map from the 17th century, by the Dutch cartographer Frederik De Wit. Natural philosophy or the philosophy of nature (from Latin philosophia naturalis), is a… …   Wikipedia

  • natural kind — A believer in natural kinds holds that nature is itself divided into different kinds and species, and that our predicates and classifications must coincide with these divisions: in one familiar metaphor, we must aim to ‘carve nature at the… …   Philosophy dictionary

  • Natural theology — is a branch of theology based on reason and ordinary experience. Thus it is distinguished from revealed theology (or revealed religion) which is based on scripture and religious experiences of various kinds; and also from transcendental theology …   Wikipedia

  • Natural remanent magnetization — (NRM) is the permanent magnetism of a rock or sediment. In some forms, it can preserve a record of the Earth s field and the tectonic movement of the rock over millions of years. Natural remanent magnetization forms the basis of paleomagnetism… …   Wikipedia

  • Natural gas storage — Natural gas, like many other commodities, can be stored for an indefinite period of time in natural gas storage facilities for later consumption. Contents 1 Usage 2 Measures and definitions 3 Types 3.1 …   Wikipedia

  • Natural Law — • In English this term is frequently employed as equivalent to the laws of nature, meaning the order which governs the activities of the material universe. Among the Roman jurists natural law designated those instincts and emotions common to man… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Natural deduction — In logic and proof theory, natural deduction is a kind of proof calculus in which logical reasoning is expressed by inference rules closely related to the natural way of reasoning. This contrasts with the axiomatic systems which instead use… …   Wikipedia

  • Natural resource economics — Economics …   Wikipedia

  • Natural history of Africa — A composite satellite image of Africa. The natural history of Africa encompasses some of the well known megafauna of that continent. Natural history is the study and description of organisms and natural objects, especially their origins,… …   Wikipedia

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