Naturalizing morality

Authored by: Ursula Goodenough

Routledge Handbook of Biodiversity and the Law

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138693302
eBook ISBN: 9781315530857
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315530857-24

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Abstract

Most arguments for the preservation of biodiversity are consequentialist arguments – specifically cost/benefit analyses – seeking to demonstrate that the benefits of preserving biodiversity outweigh the cost of doing so, or alternatively that the cost of forgoing preservation of biodiversity outweighs any benefit derived from its destruction. An alternate ground – specifically an argument from antecedent moral precepts – for preserving biodiversity, however, can be derived from what may be thought of as ‘religious naturalism’.

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