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The Intrinsic Value of Endangered Species

The Intrinsic Value of Endangered Species by Ian A. Smith
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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.

Taylor and Francis; January 2016
172 pages; ISBN 9781317605966
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Title: The Intrinsic Value of Endangered Species
Author: Ian A. Smith
 
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9781138311220
9781317605966
9781317605973