This volume reviews the historical roots and theoretical foundations of biological systematics in an approachable text. The author outlines the structure and main tasks of systematics. Conceptual history is characterized as a succession of scientific revolutions. The philosophical foundations of systematic research are briefly reviewed as well as the structure and content of taxonomic theories. Most important research programs in systematics are outlined. Biological Systematics includes analysis of the principal problematic issues as "scientific puzzles" in systematics. This volume is intended for professional taxonomists, biologists of various specialties, students, as well as all those interested in the history and theory of biology and natural sciences.
Chapter 1. A brief outline of systematics
Chapter 2. Conceptual history of systematics
Chapter 3. Some philosophical considerations
Chapter 4. An outline of taxonomic theory
Chapter 5. Major research programs in systematics
Chapter 6. Taxonomic puzzles
Igor Ya. Pavlinov is at the Zoological Museum of the Moscow Lomonosov State University in Moscow, Russia.