The Poverty of the Linnaean Hierarchy
A Philosophical Study of Biological Taxonomy
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Poverty of the Linnaean Hierarchy by Marc Ereshefsky
Book DescriptionThe question of whether biologists should continue to use the Linnaean hierarchy has been a hotly debated issue. Invented before the introduction of evolutionary theory, Linnaeus's system of classifying organisms is based on outdated theoretical assumptions, and is thought to be unable to provide accurate biological classifications. Marc Ereshefsky argues that biologists should abandon the Linnaean system and adopt an alternative that is more in line with evolutionary theory. He traces the evolution of the Linnaean hierarchy from its introduction to the present. He illustrates how the continued use of this system hampers our ability to classify the organic world, and then goes on to make specific recommendations for a post-Linnaean method of classification. Accessible to a wide range of readers by providing introductory chapters to the philosophy of classification and the taxonomy of biology, the book will interest both scholars and students of biology and the philosophy of science.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521781701
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Nov-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Marc Ereshefsky
Poverty of the Linnaean Hierarchy, Paperback (August 2007)
This book argues against the Linnaean system, recommending a system more in line with evolutionary theory.
Units of Evolution, Hardback (February 1992)» View all books by Marc Ereshefsky
The Units of Evolution is the first anthology devoted solely to the nature of species, one of the most hotly debated issues in biology and the philosophy of biology.
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