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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Biodiversity

Edited by: Justin Garson , Anya Plutynski , Sahotra Sarkar

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138827738
eBook ISBN: 9781315530215
Adobe ISBN: 9781315530208

10.4324/9781315530215
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Book description

Biological diversity - or ‘biodiversity’ - is the degree of variation of life within an ecosystem. It is a relatively new topic of study but has grown enormously in recent years. Because of its interdisciplinary nature the very concept of biodiversity is the subject of debate amongst philosophers, biologists, geographers and environmentalists.

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Biodiversity is an outstanding reference source to the key topics and debates in this exciting subject. Comprising twenty-three chapters by a team of international contributors the Handbook is divided into six parts:

  • Historical and sociological contexts, focusing on the emergence of the term and early attempts to measure biodiversity
  • What is biodiversity? How should biodiversity be defined? How can biodiversity include entities at the edge of its boundaries, including microbial diversity and genetically engineered organisms?
  • Why protect biodiversity? What can traditional environmental ethics contribute to biodiversity? Topics covered include anthropocentrism, intrinsic value, and ethical controversies surrounding the economics of biodiversity
  • Measurement and methodology: including decision-theory and conservation, the use of indicators for biodiversity, and the changing use of genetics in biodiversity conservation
  • Social contexts and global justice: including conservation and community conflicts and biodiversity and cultural values
  • Biodiversity and other environmental values: How does biodiversity relate to other values like ecological restoration or ecological sustainability?

Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy, environmental science and environmental studies, and conservation management, it will also be extremely useful to those studying biodiversity in subjects such as biology and geography.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  A confluence of values Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Extinction and biodiversity Download PDF
Chapter  4:  3 Approaches to biodiversity Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Is biodiversity a natural quality? Download PDF
Chapter  6:  A general model for biodiversity and its value Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Biodiversity eliminativism Download PDF
Chapter  8:  ‘‘Biodiversity’’ and biological diversities Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Ecological hierarchy and biodiversity Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Unnatural kinds Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Going small Download PDF
Chapter  12:  11 Is biodiversity intrinsically valuable? (And what might that mean?) Download PDF
Chapter  13:  What good is it, anyway? Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Economizing on nature’s bounty Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Protecting biodiversity and moral psychology; or why philosophers are asking the wrong questions Download PDF
Chapter  16:  What would Leopold do? Download PDF
Chapter  17:  16 Biodiversity indicators need to be fit for purpose Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Using concepts of biodiversity value in structured decision-making Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Measuring biodiversity and monitoring ecological and evolutionary processes with genetic and genomic tools Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Estimating biodiversity loss Download PDF
Chapter  21:  20 Putting biodiversity conservation into practice Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Synergies and trade-offs Download PDF
Chapter  23:  22 Ecological sustainability Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Ecological restoration and biodiversity conservation Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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