Dr. phil., Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter
Residence: March 1 – 31 and August 1 – 31, 2013
ProfileOne of my long term interests has been in the history of racial anthropology. It has recently been argued, that thinking in terms of race did not simply give way to a purely genetic understanding of human diversity in the twentieth century. Nor were earlier concepts of race in the eighteenth and twentieth century static and typological. The following questions guide my research in this project:
What constituted the descriptive and explanatory power of the race concept prior to genetics?
What were the conceptual and experimental strategies by which genetics subverted the race concept?
What were the epistemic values (e.g. universality, analyticity) invoked to justify these subversive strategies?
What political implications did these values possess?
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Müller-Wille, Staffan. Botanik und weltweiter Handel : zur Begründung eines natürlichen Systems der Pflanzen durch Carl von Linné (1707-1778). Berlin: VWB, Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung, 1999.
Müller-Wille, Staffan; Rheinberger, Hans-Jörg (Editor/s). Heredity produced : at the crossroads of biology, politics, and culture, 1500-1870. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2007.
Staffan Müller-Wille . "Collection and Collation: theory and practice of Linnaean botany. " Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 38 (3 2007)
Carl Linnaeus. Musa Cliffortiana. With an introduction by S. Müller-Wille. Translated by S. Freer. Königstein: International Association for Plant Taxonomy, 2007.
Staffan Müller-Wille and Vitezslav Orel. "From Linnaean Species to Mendelian Factors: Elements of Hybridism, 1751-1870. " Annals of Science 64 (2 2007)
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