The Linnean Tradition of Classifying Organisms under attack

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  • Introduction: Systematics has always been an important topic for philosophy of biology. Nonetheless, philosophical books dealing with this subject alone are very rare. Marc Ereshefsky, known for his contributions in the philosophy of taxonomy, now gives an encompassing treatment of systematics, and shows that this field is still full of philosophical—and also biological—interest. His main concerns are philosophical questions about classification, the plurality of species concepts, and the problems that are caused by the continued use of the Linnean form of hierarchical classification. In fact, the provoking conclusion of Ereshefsky is that the Linnean hierarchy has to be replaced by a more adequate form of classification.

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    © 2002 I. Brigandt et al. This version of this article is open access and can be downloaded and shared. The original author(s) and source must be cited.
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    • Brigandt, I. (2002). The Linnean Tradition of Classifying Organisms under attack. Metascience, 11(3), 355-358.
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