Philosophy of Science 61 (2):186-205 (1994)

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Marc Ereshefsky
University of Calgary
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Most biologists use the Linnaean system for constructing classifications of the organic world. The Linnaean system, however, has lost its theoretical basis due to the shift in biology from creationist and essentialist tenets to evolutionary theory. As a result, the Linnaean system is both cumbersome and ontologically vacuous. This paper illustrates the problems facing the Linnaean system, and ends with a brief introduction to an alternative approach to biological classification
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The Evolution of the Linnaean Hierarchy.Marc Ereshefsky - 1997 - Biology and Philosophy 12 (4):493-519.
Linnaean Ranks: Vestiges of a Bygone Era.Marc Ereshefsky - 2002 - Proceedings of the Philosophy of Science Association 2002 (3):S305-S315.
Linnaean Ranks: Vestiges of a Bygone Era.Marc Ereshefsky - 2002 - Philosophy of Science 69 (S3):S305-S315.
Names, Numbers and Indentations: A Guide to Post-Linnaean Taxonomy.Marc Ereshefsky - 2001 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 32 (2):361-383.

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