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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.


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Project weekend in Oignies-en-Thiérache

Between september 12 and 14, we’ve planned a 3-day joint meeting of the FWO project and Charles Pence’s FNRS project. The meeting will take place in Oignies-en-Thiérache, a quiet village in the middle of the Viroin-Hermeton natural park that is home to a range of rare species. It’ll be the perfect location to make rapid…

New paper out on the governance of taxonomic lists

This paper investigates how the governance of a global list of species could be organized. It concludes that both a polycentric and a monocentric approach are appealing, and lists the advantages and disadvantages of each of these approaches. The paper is free to download here.

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