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The Intrinsic Value of Endangered Species

1st Edition

By Ian A. Smith


158 pages

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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 species’ intrinsic value stems from its ability to flourish—its organisms continuing to reproduce successfully and it avoiding extinction—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.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Humpback Chub 2. Species Concepts and Ontology 3. Rolston’s Account: Objective Value 4. Johnson's Account: Well-Being Interests 5. Callicott's Account: Leopold’s Story 6. The Intrinsic Goods of Species 7. The Role of Humility 8. Problems and Solutions 9. Competing Moral Considerations, Preservation Considerations 10. Preservation of Higher-Order Taxa?

About the Author

Ian A. Smith is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Washburn University, US

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy