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What's so good about biodiversity? : a call for better reasoning about nature's value

Author: Donald S Maier
Publisher: Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, ©2012.
Series: International library of environmental, agricultural, and food ethics, v. 19.
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This book is unique in its treatment of biodiversity, which has come to be an emblem of what is worthy of protection and fostering in the natural world. It undertakes a comprehensive, detailed, and careful philosophical analysis of the many reasons that scientists, economists, philosophers, and others offer for why biodiversity is supposed to be such a central good of nature. Its conclusion is both surprising and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Donald S Maier
ISBN: 9789400739918 9400739915
OCLC Number: 794595517
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 568 pages).
Contents: Prologue --
Preliminaries --
What Biodiversity Is --
What Biodiversity Is Not --
The Calculus of Biodiversity Value --
Theories of Biodiversity Value --
Some Inconvenient Implications --
Natural Value Starting from People.
Series Title: International library of environmental, agricultural, and food ethics, v. 19.
Responsibility: Donald S. Maier.

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