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.
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About the Speaker
Joeri Witteveen, Ph.D.
Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, Utrecht University; Department of Science Education, Section for History and Philosophy of Science, University of Copenhagen
Researcher at the Descartes Centre of Utrecht University, the Netherlands, Witteveen studied at Maastricht University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the London School of Economics, obtaining his PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge. He has been a visiting researcher at Australian National University in Canberra, the Egenis Centre of the University of Exeter, and the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research near Vienna, Austria. He is the recipient of the prestigious NWO Veni Talent Award for his research on plant nomenclature and is collaborator in an NSF-funded plant classification project at Arizona State University. He currently is an affiliate scholar in the research group History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.