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Staffan Müller-Wille
Universität Zu Lübeck
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    Natural History and Information Overload: The Case of Linnaeus.Staffan Müller-Wille & Isabelle Charmantier - 2012 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43 (1):4-15.
  2. Collection and Collation: Theory and Practice of Linnaean Botany.Staffan Müller-Wille - 2007 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 38 (3):541-562.
    Historians and philosophers of science have interpreted the taxonomic theory of Carl Linnaeus as an ‘essentialist’, ‘Aristotelian’, or even ‘scholastic’ one. This interpretation is flatly contradicted by what Linnaeus himself had to say about taxonomy in Systema naturae , Fundamenta botanica and Genera plantarum . This paper straightens out some of the more basic misinterpretations by showing that: Linnaeus’s species concept took account of reproductive relations among organisms and was therefore not metaphysical, but biological; Linnaeus did not favour classification by (...)
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    Natural History and Information Overload: The Case of Linnaeus.Staffan Müller-Wille & Isabelle Charmantier - 2012 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43 (1):4-15.
  4. Cell Theory, Specificity, and Reproduction, 1837–1870.Staffan Müller-Wille - 2010 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 41 (3):225-231.
    The cell is not only the structural, physiological, and developmental unit of life, but also the reproductive one. So far, however, this aspect of the cell has received little attention from historians and philosophers of biology. I will argue that cell theory had far-reaching consequences for how biologists conceptualized the reproductive relationships between germs and adult organisms. Cell theory, as formulated by Theodor Schwann in 1839, implied that this relationship was a specific and lawful one, that is, that germs of (...)
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    Hybrids, Pure Cultures, and Pure Lines: From Nineteenth-Century Biology to Twentieth-Century Genetics.Staffan Müller-Wille - 2007 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 38 (4):796-806.
    Prompted by recent recognitions of the omnipresence of horizontal gene transfer among microbial species and the associated emphasis on exchange, rather than isolation, as the driving force of evolution, this essay will reflect on hybridization as one of the central concerns of nineteenth-century biology. I will argue that an emphasis on horizontal exchange was already endorsed by ‘biology’ when it came into being around 1800 and was brought to full fruition with the emergence of genetics in 1900. The true revolution (...)
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    Collection and Collation: Theory and Practice of Linnaean Botany.Staffan Müller-Wille - 2007 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 38 (3):541-562.
  7. Disciplinary Baptisms: A Comparison of the Naming Stories of Genetics, Molecular Biology, Genomics, and Systems Biology.Alexander Powell, Maureen A. O. Malley, Staffan Muller-Wille, Jane Calvert & John Dupré - 2007 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 29 (1):5.
     
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    Early Mendelism and the Subversion of Taxonomy: Epistemological Obstacles as Institutions.Staffan Müller-Wille - 2005 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 36 (3):465-487.
    This paper presents and discusses a series of hybridization experiments carried out by Nils Herman Nilsson-Ehle between 1900 and 1907 at a plant breeding station in Svalöf, Sweden. Since the late 1880s, the Svalöf station had been renowned for its ‘scientific’ breeding methods, which basically consisted of an elaborate system of record-keeping through which the offspring of individual plants were traced over generations while being meticulously described. This record system corresponded to a certain breeding technique and certain theoretical convictions . (...)
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    Carl Linnaeus's Botanical Paper Slips.Isabelle Charmantier & Staffan Müller-Wille - 2014 - Intellectual History Review 24 (2):215-238.
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    Cycles and Circulation: A Theme in the History of Biology and Medicine.Lucy van de Wiel, Mathias Grote, Peder Anker, Warwick Anderson, Ariane Dröscher, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Lynn K. Nyhart, Guido Giglioni, Maaike van der Lugt, Shigehisa Kuriyama, Christiane Groeben, Janet Browne, Staffan Müller-Wille & Nick Hopwood - 2021 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 43 (3):1-39.
    We invite systematic consideration of the metaphors of cycles and circulation as a long-term theme in the history of the life and environmental sciences and medicine. Ubiquitous in ancient religious and philosophical traditions, especially in representing the seasons and the motions of celestial bodies, circles once symbolized perfection. Over the centuries cyclic images in western medicine, natural philosophy, natural history and eventually biology gained independence from cosmology and theology and came to depend less on strictly circular forms. As potent ‘canonical (...)
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    Hybrids, Pure Cultures, and Pure Lines: From Nineteenth-Century Biology to Twentieth-Century Genetics.Staffan Müller-Wille - 2007 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 38 (4):796-806.
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  12. Heredity Produced: At the Crossroads of Biology, Politics, and Culture, 1500–1870.Staffan Müller-Wille & Hans-jörg Rheinberger - 2008 - Journal of the History of Biology 41 (3):582-585.
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    Cell Theory, Specificity, and Reproduction, 1837–1870.Staffan Müller-Wille - 2010 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 41 (3):225-231.
    The cell is not only the structural, physiological, and developmental unit of life, but also the reproductive one. So far, however, this aspect of the cell has received little attention from historians and philosophers of biology. I will argue that cell theory had far-reaching consequences for how biologists conceptualized the reproductive relationships between germs and adult organisms. Cell theory, as formulated by Theodor Schwann in 1839, implied that this relationship was a specific and lawful one, that is, that germs of (...)
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    Hybrids, Pure Cultures, and Pure Lines: From Nineteenth-Century Biology to Twentieth-Century Genetics.Staffan Müller-Wille - 2005 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 38 (4):796-806.
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    Lists as Research Technologies.Staffan Müller-Wille & Isabelle Charmantier - 2012 - Isis 103:743-752.
    The Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus is famous for having turned botany into a systematic discipline, through his classification systems—most notably the sexual system—and his nomenclature. Throughout his life, Linnaeus experimented with various paper technologies designed to display information synoptically. The list took pride of place among these and is also the common element of more complex representations he produced, such as genera descriptions and his “natural system.” Taking clues from the anthropology of writing, this essay seeks to demonstrate that lists (...)
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    Lists as Research Technologies.Staffan Müller-Wille & Isabelle Charmantier - 2012 - Isis 103 (4):743-752.
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    Early Mendelism and the Subversion of Taxonomy: Epistemological Obstacles as Institutions.Staffan Müller-Wille - 2005 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 36 (3):465-487.
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    Joining Lapland and the Topinambes in Flourishing Holland: Center and Periphery in Linnaean Botany.Staffan Müller-Wille - 2003 - Science in Context 16 (4).
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    Introduction (FOCUS: LISTMANIA).James Delbourgo & Staffan Müller-Wille - 2012 - Isis 103 (4):710-715.
    Anthropologists, linguists, cultural historians, and literary scholars have long emphasized the value of examining writing as a material practice and have often invoked the list as a paradigmatic example thereof. This Focus section explores how lists can open up fresh possibilities for research in the history of science. Drawing on examples from the early modern period, the contributors argue that attention to practices of list making reveals important relations between mercantile, administrative, and scientific attempts to organize the contents of the (...)
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  20. A Translation of Carl Linnaeus's Introduction to Genera Plantarum (1737).Staffan Müller-Wille & Karen Reeds - 2007 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 38 (3):563-572.
    This paper provides a translation of the introduction, titled ‘Account of the work’ Ratio operis, to the first edition of Genera plantarum, published in 1737 by the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus. The text derives its significance from the fact that it is the only published text in which Linnaeus engaged in an explicit discussion of his taxonomic method. Most importantly, it shows that Linnaeus was clearly aware that a classification of what he called ‘natural genera’ could not be achieved by (...)
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    „In der Jungfernheide hinterm Pulvermagazin frequens“: Das Handexemplar des Florae Berolinensis Prodromus (1787) von Karl Ludwig Willdenow.Katrin Böhme & Staffan Müller-Wille - 2013 - NTM Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Technik und Medizin 21 (1):93-106.
    We provide a detailed description of an interleaved and heavily annotated copy of Florae Berolinensis Prodromus, a flora of Berlin published by the German apothecary and botanist Karl Ludwig Willdenow in 1787, which today is preserved at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz. We demonstrate that this is the copy that the author himself used and carried with him during his botanical excursions in and around Berlin to prepare a second edition of the work. By analyzing this document as (...)
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    Race and History: Comments From an Epistemological Point of View.Staffan Müller-Wille - 2014 - Science, Technology, and Human Values 39 (4):597-606.
    The historiography of race is usually framed by two discontinuities: the invention of race by European naturalists and anthropologists, marked by Carl Linnaeus’s Systema naturae and the demise of racial typologies after World War II in favor of population-based studies of human diversity. This framing serves a similar function as the quotation marks that almost invariably surround the term. “Race” is placed outside of rational discourse as a residue of outdated essentialist and hierarchical thinking. I will throw doubt on this (...)
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    Introduction.James Delbourgo & Staffan Müller-Wille - 2012 - Isis 103 (4):710-715.
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    The Dark Side of Evolution: Caprice, Deceit, Redundancy.Staffan Müller-Wille - 2009 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 31 (2):183 - 199.
    The prevalent reading of Darwin's achievements today is adaptationist. Darwin, so the usual story goes, succeeded in providing a naturalistic explanation of the fact that organisms are adapted to their environments, a fact that served and continues to serve, as a chief argument for creationism. This stands in a curious tension with Darwin's own fascination with phenomena whose adaptive value was problematic, like vicariance, ornaments, atavisms, and rudiments, as well as the various "contraptions" and "contrivances" by which organisms take advantage (...)
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    Of Elephants and Errors: Naming and Identity in Linnaean Taxonomy.Joeri Witteveen & Staffan Müller-Wille - 2020 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 42 (4):1-34.
    What is it to make an error in the identification of a named taxonomic group? In this article we argue that the conditions for being in error about the identity of taxonomic groups through their names have a history, and that the possibility of committing such errors is contingent on the regime of institutions and conventions governing taxonomy and nomenclature at any given point in time. More specifically, we claim that taxonomists today can be in error about the identity of (...)
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    How to See the Trees for the Forest: Introduction to a Special Issue on Causation and Disease.Staffan Müller-Wille & Maria Kronfeldner - 2011 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 33 (4).
    This paper summarizes the results from the first European Advanced Seminar in the Philosophy of the Life Sciences, which was held at the Brocher Foundation in Hermance (Switzerland) 6-10 September 2011. The Advanced Seminar brought together philosophers of the life sciences to discuss the topic of "Causation and Disease." The search for causes of disease in the biomedical sciences, we argue on the basis of the contributions to this conference, has not resulted in a simplification and unification of biomedical knowledge, (...)
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    The Cell as Nexus: Connections Between the History, Philosophy and Science of Cell Biology.Maureen A. O’Malley & Staffan Müller-Wille - 2010 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 41 (3):169-171.
    Although the cell is commonly addressed as the unit of life, historians and philosophers have devoted relatively little attention to this concept in comparison to other fundamental concepts of biology such as the gene or species. As a partial remedy to this neglect, we introduce the cell as a major point of connection between various disciplinary approaches, epistemic strategies, technological vectors and overarching biological processes such as metabolism, growth, reproduction and evolution. We suggest that the role of the cell as (...)
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    The Cell as Nexus: Connections Between the History, Philosophy and Science of Cell Biology.Maureen A. O’Malley & Staffan Müller-Wille - 2010 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 41 (3):169-171.
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    Zeugung, Entwicklung, Evolution: Neue Perspektiven in der Geschichte der Lebenswissenschaften.Staffan Müller-Wille - 2008 - NTM Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Technik und Medizin 16 (3):399-404.
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    Eugenics: Then and Now: Jan A. Witkowski and John R. Inglis : Davenport’s Dream: 21st Century Reflections on Heredity and Eugenics. Cold Spring Harbor, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2008, Xiii+490pp, $55 HB. [REVIEW]Staffan Müller-Wille - 2010 - Metascience 20 (2):347-349.
    Eugenics: Then and now Content Type Journal Article DOI 10.1007/s11016-010-9477-1 Authors Staffan Müller-Wille, ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society, Byrne House, University of Exeter, Exeter, EX4 4PJ UK Journal Metascience Online ISSN 1467-9981 Print ISSN 0815-0796.
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    Naturgeschichte und wissenschaftliche Revolution.Staffan Müller-Wille - 2009 - NTM Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Technik und Medizin 17 (3):329-338.
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    Eugenics: Then and Now: Jan A. Witkowski and John R. Inglis : Davenport’s Dream: 21st Century Reflections on Heredity and Eugenics. Cold Spring Harbor, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2008, Xiii+490pp, $55 HB. [REVIEW]Staffan Müller-Wille - 2010 - Metascience 20 (2):347-349.
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    Race and Genomics. Old Wine in New Bottles?Staffan Müller-Wille & Hans-Jörg Rheinberger - 2008 - NTM Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Technik und Medizin 16 (3):363-386.
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    Justin E. H. Smith , The Problem of Animal Generation in Early Modern Philosophy. Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Pp. Xiii+456. ISBN 978-0-521-84077-4. £45.00. [REVIEW]Staffan Müller-Wille - 2007 - British Journal for the History of Science 40 (4).
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    Marianne Sommer, Bones and Ochre: The Curious Afterlife of the Red Lady of Paviland. Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press, 2007. Pp. Xii+398. ISBN 978-0-674-02499-1. £25.95. [REVIEW]Staffan Müller-Wille - 2009 - British Journal for the History of Science 42 (4):619.
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    A Translation of Carl Linnaeus’s Introduction to Genera Plantarum.Staffan Müller-Wille & Karen Reeds - 2007 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 38 (3):563-572.
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    Acolytes of NATURE: Defining Natural SCIENCE in Germany, 1770-1850 - by Denise Phillips.Staffan Müller-Wille - 2014 - Centaurus 56 (1):65-67.
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    Rezension: Die Welt vermessen. Dispositive der Entdeckungsreise im Zeitalter der Aufklärung von Philippe Despoix.Staffan Müller-Wille - 2011 - Berichte Zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 34 (1):77-78.
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    Rezension: Darwin und Foucault. Genealogie und Geschichte im Zeitalter der Biologie von Philipp Sarasin.Staffan Müller-Wille - 2010 - Berichte Zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 33 (1):110-111.
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    Rezension: “Die große Kette der Wesen.” Ordnungen in der Naturgeschichte der Frühen Neuzeit von Petra Feuerstein-Herz.Staffan Müller-Wille - 2008 - Berichte Zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 31 (3):285-286.
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    Raphael Falk: Genetic Analysis: A History of Genetic Thinking. Studies in Philosophy of Biology, Edited by Michael Ruse.Staffan Müller-Wille - 2012 - Science & Education 21 (7):1051-1053.
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    The Problem of Animal Generation in Early Modern Philosophy. [REVIEW]Staffan Müller-Wille - 2007 - British Journal for the History of Science 40 (4):605-606.
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    Race and Genomics. Old Wine in New Bottles?: Documents From a Transdisciplinary Discussion.Hans-Jörg Rheinberger & Staffan Müller-Wille - 2008 - NTM Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Technik und Medizin 16 (3):363-386.
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