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Author Smith, Ian A., 1975- author

Title The intrinsic value of endangered species / by Ian A. Smith
Published New York : Routledge, 2016
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Description 1 online resource
Series Routledge studies in ethics and moral theory ; 34
Routledge studies in ethics and moral theory ; 34
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?
Summary "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."--Page i
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed January 12, 2016)
Subject Biodiversity conservation -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Endangered species.
Genre/Form Electronic book
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1315748401
1317605969 (electronic bk)
9781317605966 (electronic bk)