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Cognitive VariationsReflections on the Unity and Diversity of the Human Mind$
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Geoffrey Lloyd

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199214617

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214617.001.0001

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The Natural Kinds of Animals and Plants

The Natural Kinds of Animals and Plants

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(p.39) 3 The Natural Kinds of Animals and Plants
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Cognitive Variations
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G. E. R. Lloyd (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214617.003.0004

This chapter discusses the lack of a definitive taxonomy for either animals or plants. It is argued that there are conflicts between the ‘common-sense’ taxonomy advanced by some universalists and the findings of science as represented by recent studies in biology. It is also argued that there is no reason to think that the cognitive equipment humans possess to classify animals and plants varies in any significant way.

Keywords:   animal taxonomy, plant taxonomy, cultural relativism, cross-cultural universals

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