Biodiversity and Environmental Philosophy: An Introduction / Edition 1

Biodiversity and Environmental Philosophy: An Introduction / Edition 1

by Sahotra Sarkar
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521851327

ISBN-13: 9780521851329

Pub. Date: 08/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521851329
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2005
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

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.

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