By Olivier Rieppel
Phylogenetic Systematics: Haeckel to Hennig strains the improvement of phylogenetic systematics opposed to the foil of idealistic morphology via a hundred years of German biology. It starts off 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 glossy phylogenetic systematics. Written in English, the booklet provides a special point of view on an unlimited physique of German organic literature.
The booklet additionally deals a viewpoint on German biology within the 3rd Reich. the writer seems at how idealistic morphology and phylogenetic systematics represented hostile traditions in German biology, the 1st organicist-holistic, the latter empiricist-positivistic. moreover, he explains the ways that either traditions obtained socio-political and ideological connotations, culminating of their lodging to varied strands of Nazi ideology.
The book’s 9 chapters summarize a century of the conceptual improvement of systematics, describe either the background and philosophy of phylogenetic ways to the knowledge of the heritage of existence, learn the position of significant humans akin to Haeckel, Gegenbauer, Portman, von Bertalanffy, Stresemann, and Hennig, and significantly review the influence and impact of Nazism on evolutionary biology.
Chapter titles comprise: The Evolutionary flip in Comparative Anatomy; Of elements 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