By Olivier Rieppel
Phylogenetic Systematics: Haeckel to Hennig lines the improvement of phylogenetic systematics opposed to the foil of idealistic morphology via a hundred years of German biology. It begins with the enduring Ernst Haeckel—the German Darwin from Jena—and the evolutionary morphology he built. It ends with Willi Hennig, the founding father of sleek phylogenetic systematics. Written in English, the publication provides a different standpoint on an enormous physique of German organic literature.
The booklet additionally deals a standpoint on German biology within the 3rd Reich. the writer appears to be like at how idealistic morphology and phylogenetic systematics represented opposed traditions in German biology, the 1st organicist-holistic, the latter empiricist-positivistic. moreover, he explains the ways that either traditions bought socio-political and ideological connotations, culminating of their lodging to various strands of Nazi ideology.
The book’s 9 chapters summarize a century of the conceptual improvement of systematics, describe either the heritage and philosophy of phylogenetic techniques to the certainty of the heritage of existence, learn the position of vital humans corresponding to Haeckel, Gegenbauer, Portman, von Bertalanffy, Stresemann, and Hennig, and severely evaluation the effect and impression of Nazism on evolutionary biology.
Chapter titles comprise: The Evolutionary flip in Comparative Anatomy; Of components and Wholes; The flip opposed to Haeckel; the increase of Holism in German Biology; the increase of German ("Aryan") Biology; Ganzheitsbiologie; The Ideological Instrumentalization of Biology; a brand new starting: From Speciation to Phylogenetics; and Grundzüge: The Conceptual Foundations of Phylogenetic Systematics.
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Phylogenetic Systematics: Haeckel to Hennig (Species and Systematics) by Olivier Rieppel