Louis agassiz (1807–1873) and the reality of natural groups

Biology and Philosophy 3 (1):29-47 (1988)
Abstract
The philosophy of pattern cladism has been variously explained by reference to the work of Louis Agassiz. The present study analyzes Agassiz's attempt to combine an empirical approach to the study of nature with an idealistic philosophy. From this emerges the problem of empiricism and of the isomorphy between the order of nature and human thinking. The analysis of the writings of Louis Agassiz serves as the basis for discussion of the reality of natural groups as postulated by pattern cladists.
Keywords Louis Agassiz  Empiricism  Cladism  Evolution
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