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Values, Advocay and Conservation Biology

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  • Jay Odenbaugh

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In 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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  • Jay Odenbaugh, 2003. "Values, Advocay and Conservation Biology," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 12(1), pages 55-69, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:env:journl:ev12:ev1203
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    Keywords

    advocacy; conservation biology; values; preservation;

    JEL classification:

    • D46 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Value Theory
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation

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