This important collection focuses on the nature and importance of
biodiversity. The concept is clarified and its intrinsic and
instrumental value are discussed. Even though the term biodiversity
was invented in the 1980s to promote the cause of species
conservation, discussions on biological diversity go back to Plato.
There are many controversies surrounding biodiversity and a few of
them are examined here: What is worthy of protection or restoration
and what is the acceptable level of costs? Is it permissible to
kill sentient animals to promote native populations? Can species be
reintroduced if they have disappeared a long time ago? How should
the responsibilities for biodiversity be shared? This book will be
of interest to philosophers of science and biologists, but also to
anyone interested in conservation and the environment.
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