Linnaeus as a second Adam? Taxonomy and the religious vocation

Harrison, Peter (2009) Linnaeus as a second Adam? Taxonomy and the religious vocation. Zygon, 44 4: 879-893. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9744.2009.01039.x

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Author Harrison, Peter
Title Linnaeus as a second Adam? Taxonomy and the religious vocation
Journal name Zygon   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0591-2385
Publication date 2009-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9744.2009.01039.x
Open Access Status
Volume 44
Issue 4
Start page 879
End page 893
Total pages 15
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract Swedish naturalist Carl von Linné (1707-1778) became known during his lifetime as a " second Adam" because of his taxonomic endeavors. The significance of this epithet was that in Genesis Adam was reported to have named the beasts-an episode that was usually interpreted to mean that Adam possessed a scientific knowledge of nature and a perfect taxonomy. Linnaeus's soubriquet exemplifies the way in which the Genesis narratives of creation were used in the early modern period to give religious legitimacy to scientific activities and to taxonomy in particular. Allusions to Adam's work in the Garden of Eden thus became a way of investing the vocation of the naturalist with religious significance.
Keyword Genesis
History of taxonomy
Carl Linnaeus
Religious vocation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 19 November 2009

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