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Understanding Taxonomic Disorder


We investigate how values influence species classifications, how this affects the different uses to which these classifications are put, and how any problems caused by this value-ladenness may be resolved. This interdisciplinary project, involving biologists and philosophers, is funded by the Flemish Research Council.


All photos of non-human animals on this website have been made by biologist / philosopher / photographer / friend of the project Frank Zachos.



Recent news

Monthly meeting

Today, members of the project convened for the first (digital) meeting of 2021. We were happy to be joined by professor Charles Pence of the Universit√© Catholique de Louvain, who is starting up an adjacent project in his lab on ‘Mapping and Responding to Taxonomic Disorder’. The main of the project, which is funded by…

Monthly Meeting

This Friday, 16 October, the project team convened for its monthly meeting. We discussed different research lines and had interesting discussions. One part of the project aims to use qualitative interviews with taxonomists to confront theoretical perspectives and discussions with the actual perceptions and opinions of active taxonomists. However, such social research faces some intricate…