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John Hartigan Jr.

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780816685301

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816685301.001.0001

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Species Thinking

Species Thinking

Calibrating Knowledge of Life Forms

(p.115) 5 Species Thinking
Care of the Species

John Hartigan Jr.

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter Five is about species thinking—the capacity for thought to move through life forms, not as specimens but as complex assemblages distended in time and space. This capacity arises from geneticists’ ability to formulate epistemological alignments between species. What can be known about any one species often depends upon calibrating what is known about and through others, typically model organisms.

Keywords:   Multispecies plants nonhumans ethnography race science studies taxonomy biodiversity

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