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Biodiversity and Environmental Philosophy
An Introduction

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology

  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521143424

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  • This book explores the epistemological and ethical issues at the foundations of environmental philosophy, emphasising the conservation of biodiversity. Sahota Sarkar criticises attempts to attribute intrinsic value to nature and defends an anthropocentric position on biodiversity conservation based on an untraditional concept of transformative value. Unlike other studies in the field of environmental philosophy, this book is as much concerned with epistemological issues as with environmental ethics. It covers a broad range of topics, including problems of explanation and prediction in traditional ecology and how individual-based models and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology is transforming ecology. Introducing a brief history of conservation biology, Sarkar analyses the consensus framework for conservation planning through adaptive management. He concludes with a discussion of directions for theoretical research in conservation biology and environmental philosophy.

    • Examines the scientific discipline of conservation biology
    • Develops a consistently anthropocentric ethic of biodiversity conservation
    • Emphasises the role of philosophy of science in environmental philosophy
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    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521143424
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    1. Introduction
    2. Concerns for the environment
    3. Intrinsic values and biocentrism
    4. Tempered anthropocentrism
    5. Problems of ecology
    6. The consensus view of conservation biology
    7. Incommensurability and uncertainty
    8. Conclusion: issues for the future
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Sahotra Sarkar, University of Texas, Austin

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