The adoption of a system of binomial nomenclature is largely due to Swedish botanist and physician Carolus Linnaeus (1707–1778). Linnaeus also defined four groups of humans, and the divisions were based on both physical and social traits. By 21st-century standards, his descriptions can be regarded as racist.
How does the social context of scientific work affect the methods and findings of research?
Is it necessary to consider the social context when evaluating ethical aspects of knowledge claims?