[Taxacom] More on Linnaeus

Curtis Clark lists at curtisclark.org
Thu Sep 5 12:46:14 CDT 2013

On 2013-09-05 7:06 AM, Fred Schueler wrote:
> So when Darwin said of descent with modification that "The grand fact of
> the natural subordination of organic beings in groups under groups,
> which, from its familiarity, does not always sufficiently strike us, is
> in my judgement thus explained" he was referencing a post-Linnaean
> discovery - facilitated by the Aristotelian logical structure of the the
> Linnaean system, more than it was anticipated from the beginning.

Absolutely. People were perceiving an underlying hierarchy, and 
classifying to it, without a biological reason for why it should exist.

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