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Author Kellert, Stephen R.

Title The value of life : biological diversity and human society / Stephen R. Kellert
Published Washington, D.C. : Island Press [for] Shearwater Books, [1996]


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Description xix, 263 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Ch. 1. Introduction -- Ch. 2. Values -- Ch. 3. American Society -- Ch. 4. Activities -- Ch. 5. Species -- Ch. 6. Culture -- Ch. 7. Endangered Species -- Ch. 8. Conserving Biological Diversity -- Ch. 9. Education and Ethics
Summary Throughout, Kellert argues that the preservation of biodiversity is fundamentally linked to human well-being as he illustrates the importance of biological diversity to the human sociocultural and psychological condition. His discussion provides the reader with a deeper understanding of how humans depend on a vast matrix of affiliations with other living things to achieve lives rich in meaning and value
Debate on the threat to humanity posed by the massive and widespread loss of biological diversity has largely emphasized economic and ecological consequences. In The Value of Life, a leading social scientist adds a critical new dimension. Stephen R. Kellert explores the actual and perceived importance of biological diversity for humankind's physical, emotional, intellectual, and even spiritual well-being. Kellert identifies ten basic values, which he describes as biologically based, inherent human tendencies that are greatly influenced and moderated by culture, learning, and experience
Analysis Biodiversity conservation Philosophy
Biological diversity
Environmental degradation Moral and ethical aspects
Human ecology
Human ecology Philosophy
Man Influcence on environment
Nature conservation Philosophy
Philosophy of nature
Bibliography Includes biographical references (pages 219-248) and index
Notes Text in Italian
Subject Biodiversity conservation -- Philosophy.
Human ecology -- Philosophy.
Nature conservation -- Philosophy.
Environmental degradation -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Philosophy of nature.
LC no. 95032210
ISBN 1559633174 (cloth : acid-free paper)
1559633182 (paperback)
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