Ethology, natural history, the life sciences, and the problem of place

Richard W. Burkhardt

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Investigators of animal behavior since the eighteenth century have sought to make their work integral to the enterprises of natural history and/or the life sciences. In their efforts to do so, they have frequently based their claims of authority on the advantages offered by the special places where they have conducted their research. The zoo, the laboratory, and the field have been major settings for animal behavior studies. The issue of the relative advantages of these different sites has been a persistent one in the history of animal behavior studies up to and including the work of the ethologists of the twentieth century.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-508
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of the History of Biology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999


  • Ethology
  • Frederic Cuvier
  • Konrad Lorenz
  • Natural history
  • Niko Tinbergen
  • Place
  • Practice
  • Zoos

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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