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The ethics of species

Author: Ronald L Sandler; ProQuest (Firm)
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Series: Cambridge applied ethics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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"We are causing species to go extinct at extraordinary rates, altering existing species in unprecedented ways and creating entirely new species. More than ever before, we require an ethic of species to guide our interactions with them. In this book, Ronald L. Sandler examines the value of species and the ethical significance of species boundaries and discusses what these mean for species preservation in the light of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald L Sandler; ProQuest (Firm)
OCLC Number: 1084368686
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 235 p. :) ill.
Contents: Introduction --
The value of species --
The conservation biology dilemma --
Assisted colonization --
Shifting goals and changing strategies --
The (in)significance of species boundaries --
Homo sapiens in particular --
Artifactual species --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Cambridge applied ethics.
Responsibility: Ronald L. Sandler.

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"We are causing species to go extinct at extraordinary rates, altering existing species in unprecedented ways and creating entirely new species. More than ever before, we require an ethic of species to guide our interactions with them. In this book, Ronald L. Sandler examines the value of species and the ethical significance of species boundaries and discusses what these mean for species preservation in the light of global climate change, species engineering and human enhancement. He argues that species possess several varieties of value, but they are not sacred. It is sometimes permissible to alter species, let them go extinct (even when we are a cause of the extinction) and invent new ones. Philosophically rigorous, accessible and illustrated with examples drawn from contemporary science, this book will be of interest to students of philosophy, bioethics, environmental ethics and conservation biology"--

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