First In A Genus

Here’s a simple list of items:

Things Made of Oak

  1. Oak Trees
  2. Tables
  3. Doors
  4. Beds

What’s wrong with this list?

  1.  It’s pretty weird to say that oak trees are “made of” oak, isn’t it?
  2. Why would you combine living things and dead things?
  3. Combining natural kinds and artifacts is a double-move you should always avoid when trying to illustrate something in philosophy
  4. Nothing.  I’m not paying attention to your silly word games.
  5. Nothing.  I’m a chemist, yo.
  6. Nothing.  The first thing in a genus is what makes everything else be a member of that genus.

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