Tools for Reordering: Commonplacing and the Space of Words in Linnaeus's Philosophia Botanica

  title={Tools for Reordering: Commonplacing and the Space of Words in Linnaeus's Philosophia Botanica},
  author={M. Eddy},
  journal={Intellectual History Review},
  pages={227 - 252}
  • M. Eddy
  • Published 2010
  • History
  • Intellectual History Review
While much has been written on the cultural and intellectual antecedents that gave rise to Carolus Linnaeus’s herbarium and his Systema Naturae, the tools that he used to transform his raw observations into nomenclatural terms and categories have been neglected. Focusing on the Philosophia Botanica, the popular classification handbook that he published in 1751, it can be shown that Linnaeus cleverly ordered and reordered the work by employing commonplacing techniques that had been part of print… Expand
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For several examples of how commonplacing gave rise to filing systems during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, see Malcolm, 'Thomas Harrison and his "Ark of Studies
    In classical Latin, loculus denoted 'a little place' or 'a small receptacle with compartments' (Lewis and Short, A Latin Dictionary)
      Philosophia botanica (1751), 289. In the introduction he states that he composed the section as a guide for instruction. Linnaeus discusses his specimen sheets in Philosophia botanica (1751)
        The spatial arrangement of Linnaeus's hortus upsaliensis is described in Manktelow 'Teaching Botany