Do You Eat Them for Dessert?

tomatoFile this story under “Classification Matters”: is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable?

I’ve used the Nix v. Hedden 1893 US Supreme Court decision in intro classes for quite some time, to illustrate the point that identity is the product of negotiations within practical conditions. Such as winning the right to count carrot marmalade as “fruit” for the purposes of trade within the European Union, perhaps? (Search for “carrot” in the following PDF document.)

Even when it comes to defining religion, let alone defining toys.

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