On the fundamental split in biological systematics

The fundamental split in biological systematics is between those that believe kinds are real and those that believe they are our invention. This split has no objective solution, and whereas the former is fundamentally paradoxically contradictory, the latter is instead fundamentally ambiguous. It means that the question whether kinds are real or not actually offers only two alternative answers: neither or both, whereof the first thus in practice is chosen by those that believe kinds are real (today represented by cladists) and the second by those that believe kinds are our invention (today represented by Linnean taxonomists).

Around this fundamental split will biological systematics probably rotate forever.

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