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Ignoring Nature No MoreThe Case for Compassionate Conservation$
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Marc Bekoff

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226925332

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226925363.001.0001

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The Infirm Ethical Foundations of Conservation

The Infirm Ethical Foundations of Conservation

(p.9) 1 The Infirm Ethical Foundations of Conservation
Ignoring Nature No More

John A. Vucetich

Michael P. Nelson

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores how to approach the three big questions of conservation and the consequences of failing to take them seriously. These questions are: (1) What is population viability and ecosystem health? (2) How does conservation relate to and sometimes conflict with other legitimate values in life, such as social justice, human liberty, and concern for the welfare of individuals and nonhuman animals? How should we resolve such conflicts? (3) Do populations and ecosystems deserve direct moral consideration? It demonstrates that conservation's meaning, purpose, and relationship to the rest of society are inadequately understood. It discusses the ethics of control and consequence; the ethics of virtue; and the purpose of conservation science and education.

Keywords:   conservation ethics, ecosystem health, population viability, virtue

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