Michael Thompson a1 a1 Department of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
The empirical advances the target article makes over Atran
(1990) tend not so much to enrich our knowledge of the “folk
taxonomic” hierarchy as to militate against the idea of one.
Folk-biological domain-specific universals are to be found not in
“taxonomic” kind-kind subordination relations, but in
the relation of individual organisms to low ranking kinds and in the
peculiarities of those kinds.