The PhyloCode: a critical discussion of its theoretical foundation

@article{Rieppel2006ThePA,
  title={The PhyloCode: a critical discussion of its theoretical foundation},
  author={O. Rieppel},
  journal={Cladistics},
  year={2006},
  volume={22}
}
The definition of taxon names as formalized by the PhyloCode is based on Kripke's thesis of “rigid designation” that applies to Millian proper names. Accepting the thesis of “rigid designation” into systematics in turn is based on the thesis that species, and taxa, are individuals. These largely semantic and metaphysical issues are here contrasted with an epistemological approach to taxonomy. It is shown that the thesis of “rigid designation” if deployed in taxonomy introduces a new… Expand
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