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The science of systematics

As the science of order (“taxonomy”), Systematics is a pure science of relations, unconcerned with time, space, or cause. Unconcerned with time: systematics is non-historic and essentially static; it knows only a simple juxtaposition of different conditions of form. Unconcerned with space: geographical factors are not primary criteria in the definition of taxonomic units. Unconcerned with cause: systematics has no explanatory function as far as the origin of the system is concerned; it is merely comparing, determining, and classifying.

Borgmeier, Thomas. 1957. Basic Questions of Systematics. Systematic Zoology 6 (2):53-69.


  1. #1 Roberto Keller
    May 9, 2009
  2. #2 Jim Thomerson
    May 10, 2009

    Wow, you are really into ancient history! That was published nine years before I joined the Society.

  3. #3 Malte C. Ebach
    May 12, 2009

    I have just written a response to your post on Borgmeier (1957) here.

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