The Development of Biological Systematics: Antoine-Laurent de Jussieu, Nature, and the Natural System

The Development of Biological Systematics: Antoine-Laurent de Jussieu, Nature, and the Natural System

by Peter F. Stevens
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231064403

ISBN-13: 9780231064408

Pub. Date: 11/24/1994

Publisher: Perseus (for Columbia University Press)

A reevaluation of the history of biological systematics that discusses the formative years of the so-called natural system of classification in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Shows how classifications came to be treated as conventions; systematic practice was not linked to clearly articulated theory; there was general confusion over the "shape" of nature;

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A reevaluation of the history of biological systematics that discusses the formative years of the so-called natural system of classification in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Shows how classifications came to be treated as conventions; systematic practice was not linked to clearly articulated theory; there was general confusion over the "shape" of nature; botany, elements of natural history, and systematics were conflated; and systematics took a position near the bottom of the hierarchy of sciences.

Columbia University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231064408
Publisher:
Perseus (for Columbia University Press)
Publication date:
11/24/1994
Pages:
644
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.56(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Figures
Acknowledgments
Preface
1Introduction1
2Lamarck on Continuity and Classifications14
3The Natural Method of Antoine-Laurent de Jussieu23
4Jussieu and the Next Generation: Breaking with Continuity?63
5Detection of the Natural Order: Growing Confusion92
6Types, Groups, and Relationships133
7Continuity and Classification152
8On Understanding Nature183
9Natural History and the Status of Systematics in the Nineteenth Century199
10Stability of Classifications and Its Causes219
11Revolution and Change?233
Epilogue263
Appendix 1.Translations of Jussieu's Early Works271
Appendix 2. Candolle, Jussieu, and the Theorie elementaire389
Notes399
Bibliography523
Subject and Author Index587
Organism Index607

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