Nicolai Hartmann and the Metaphysical Foundation of Phylogenetic Systematics

  title={Nicolai Hartmann and the Metaphysical Foundation of Phylogenetic Systematics},
  author={Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Tremblay},
  journal={Biological Theory},
  • F. Tremblay
  • Published 5 January 2013
  • Philosophy
  • Biological Theory
When developing phylogenetic systematics, the entomologist Willi Hennig adopted elements from Nicolai Hartmann’s ontology. In this historical essay I take on the task of documenting this adoption. I argue that in order to build a metaphysical foundation for phylogenetic systematics, Hennig adopted from Hartmann four main metaphysical theses. These are (1) that what is real is what is temporal; (2) that the criterion of individuality is to have duration; (3) that species are supra-individuals… 

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