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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.

New publications on the governance of taxonomic lists.

Together with other members of the IUBS Working Group on the Governance of Taxonomic Lists, Stijn has published a new paper in ‘Organisms, Diversity and Evolution’. The paper sets out how users of a global taxonomic list can be involved in managing this list without compromising the integrity and independence of this list. The paper,…

Charles Pence’s Project on ‘Conceptual Uncertainty in Biodiversity and Taxonomy’

Charles Pence, who works (almost) across the road at Louvain-La-Neuve and has been a close collaborator in our research on taxonomic disorder, will be running a research project on ‘Conceptual Uncertainty in Biodiversity and Taxonomy’ starting from 2021 on. Charles’ project will analyze the taxonomic literature and look extensively at how taxon concepts and taxonomic…

State of affairs

Various research lines are in full development: an update. One of our research lines consists of interviewing taxonomists, to investigate how theoretical entities like species concepts and taxonomic methods operate in practice. Arguably, something as a species concept is a living thing, as each taxonomist interprets and applies species concepts in his or her own…

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 Université 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…

New publication: ‘Against natural kind eliminativism’

Stijn Conix & Pei-Shan Chi It has recently been argued that the concept of natural kinds should be eliminated because it does not play a productive theoretical role and even harms philosophical research on scientific classification. This paper argues that this justification for eliminativism fails because the notion of ‘natural kinds’ plays another epistemic role…

Vincent Cuypers joins the project!

From september 2020 on, Vincent Cuypers will join the project as a PhD student based primarily at Hasselt University. With an undergrad in philosophy and a MA in Sustainable Development, Vincent is well equipped to take on the interview-part of the project.

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