Values, Advocay and Conservation Biology
AbstractIn this essay, I examine the controversy concerning the advocacy of ethical values in conservation biology. First, I argue, as others have, that conservation biology is a science laden with values both ethical and non-ethical. Second, after clarifying the notion of advocacy at work, I contend that conservation biologists should advocate the preservation of biological diversity. Third, I explore what ethical grounds should be used for advocating the preservation of ecological systems by conservation biologists. I argue that conservation biologists should defend their preservationist positions on instrumentalist grounds alone if the context of discussion and debate is a scientific one.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by White Horse Press in its journal Environmental Values.
Volume (Year): 12 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
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advocacy; conservation biology; values; preservation;
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