The Intrinsic Value of Endangered Species

The Intrinsic Value of Endangered Species

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Why save endangered species without clear aesthetic, economic, or ecosystemic value? This book takes on this challenging question through an account of the intrinsic goods of species. Ian A. Smith argues that a speciesa€™ intrinsic value stems from its ability to flourisha€”its organisms continuing to reproduce successfully and it avoiding extinctiona€”which helps to demonstrate a further claim, that humans ought to preserve species that we have endangered. He shows our need to exercise humility in our relations with endangered species through the preservation of their intrinsic goods, which in turn rectifies our degradation of their importance. Unique in its appeal to virtue ethics and to species concepts, The Intrinsic Value of Endangered Species is an important resource for scholars working in environmental ethics and the philosophy of biology.ArHomeostasis, Species, and Higher Taxa. I„ In Species: New Interdisciplinary Essays, edited by Robert Wilson, 141Ay87. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Crane, Judith. 2004. ArOn the Metaphysics of Species. I„ Philosophy of Science 71:156Ay 73.

Title:The Intrinsic Value of Endangered Species
Author: Ian A. Smith
Publisher:Routledge - 2016-01-08

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