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Kalpana Rahita Seshadri

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677887

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677887.001.0001

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The Wild Child and Scientific Names

The Wild Child and Scientific Names

(p.181) Six The Wild Child and Scientific Names

Kalpana Rahita Seshadri

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter talks about the context of scientific naturalism as a discipline of naming. It discusses the politics of the name of the wild child as it appears in the works of the naturalists during the classical era in relation to the epistemology of life. Deprived entirely of familial relations, the wild child is marked not only by its lack of a patronym but also by its own proper name. In the classical era, when the great inventories of life were undertaken, the wild child had no proper place within the newly evolved biological schemata. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the designation of the wild child and its placement in the taxonomy of natural history.

Keywords:   scientific naturalism, proper name, classical era, epistemology, patronym, biological schemata, natural history

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