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Taxonomy and philosophy of names
University of Gothenburg.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8727-8747
California Academy of Sciences, USA.
1998 (English)In: Biology & Philosophy, ISSN 0169-3867, E-ISSN 1572-8404, Vol. 13, no 2, p. 233-244Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Although naming biological clades is a major activity in taxonomy, little attention has been paid to what these names actually refer to. In philosophy, definite descriptions have long been considered equivalent to the meaning of names and biological taxonomy is a scientific application of these ideas. One problem with definite descriptions as the meanings of names is that the name will refer to whatever fits the description rather than the intended individual (clade). Recent proposals for explicit phylogenetic definitions of clade names suffer from similar problems and we argue that clade names cannot be defined since they lack intension. Furthermore we stress the importance of "tree-thinking" for phylogenetic reference to work properly.

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1998. Vol. 13, no 2, p. 233-244
Keywords [en]
reference, meaning, individual, class, definition, clade, evolution, phylogeny, phylogenetic taxonomy, systematics, tree-thinking, cladistics, intention, extension
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Philosophy Biological Systematics
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Social Sciences, Practical Philosophy; Natural Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-51362DOI: 10.1023/A:1006583910214OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-51362DiVA, id: diva2:914672
Available from: 2011-02-08 Created: 2016-03-24 Last updated: 2019-02-27Bibliographically approved
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1. Tree-thinking and nemertean systematics
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1996 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Göteborg: Göteborgs universitet, 1996
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Biological Systematics
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Ecology, Evolutionary Biology
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urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-51380 (URN)91-628-1952-6 (ISBN)
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1996-04-26, Föreläsningssalen, Zoologen, Medicinalgatan 18, Göteborg, 16:38 (English)
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Available from: 2016-04-08 Created: 2016-03-25 Last updated: 2019-02-27Bibliographically approved

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