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SpeciesA History of the Idea$
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John Wilkins and Daniel Doak

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520260856

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520260856.001.0001

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Species and the Birth of Modern Science

Species and the Birth of Modern Science

(p.47) Species and the Birth of Modern Science

John S. Wilkins

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the revival of the neo-Platonic view of classification after the Renaissance period. It examines the assumption of the Great Chain of Being and the contributions of the Universal Language Project to biological classification. It also describes how Carl Linnaeus established the universal system for naming and classification of all organisms. Charles Bonnet's classical ladder of nature and Immanuel Kant's view on biological species is also discussed.

Keywords:   neo-Platonic, classification, Renaissance, Great Chain of Being, Universal Language Project, Carl Linnaeus, Charles Bonnet, Immanuel Kant

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