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Mertz Library Humanities

Anchoring Names at Drift

Friday, September 7, 2018

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

An Early 20th-Century Controversy Over the Logic of Taxonomic Nomenclature

Joeri Witteveen revisits the plant naming debate. Taking a fresh look at the logic of taxonomic nomenclature in botanical history, he shows how the apparently trivial matter of anchoring names to nature, through the centuries up to today, has become saturated with questions about justice, authority, and democracy that ignite vehement disputes across the Atlantic.

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. Please enter the Garden through the Mosholu Entrance, 2950 Southern Blvd., Bronx NY, 10458, and check in at the LuEsther T. Mertz Library.