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Philosophy and biodiversity

Author: Juhani Pietarinen; Markku Oksanen
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Series: Cambridge studies in philosophy and biology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : English : Digitally printed versionView all editions and formats
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"This collection focuses on the nature and importance of biodiversity. The concept is clarified and its intrinsic and instrumental value is discussed. Even though the term biodiversity was invented in the 1980s to promote the cause of species conservation, discussions on biological diversity go back to Plato." "The book will be of interest to philosophers of science and biologists, but also to anyone interested in  Read more...
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Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Juhani Pietarinen; Markku Oksanen
ISBN: 9780521039147 0521039142 0521804302 9780521804301
OCLC Number: 277143307
Notes: Based on a seminar held in Aug. 1999 at the University of Turku, Finland.
Description: xv, 258 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Biodiversity considered philosophically : an introduction / Markku Oksanen --
1. The phenomenon of biodiversity / Julia Koricheva and Helena Siipi --
2. Making the biodiversity crisis tractable : a process perspective / Yrjo Haila --
3. Plato on diversity and stability in nature / Juhani Pietarinen --
4. Biodiversity, Darwin, and the fossil record / Kim Cuddington and Michael Ruse --
5. Biological diversity, ecological stability, and downward causation / Gregory M. Mikkelson --
6. Jean-Jacques Rousseau : philosopher as botanist / Finn Arler --
7. There is biodiversity and biodiversity : implications for environmental philosophy / Keekok Lee --
8. Evaluating biodiversity for conservation : a victim of the traditional paradigm / Peter R. Hobson and Jed Bultitude --
9. Limits to substitutability in nature conservation / Dieter Birnbacher --
10. Biological diversity and conservation policy / Kate Rawles. 11. Beavers and biodiversity : the ethics of ecological restoration / Christian Gamborg and Peter Sandoe --
12. Differentiated responsibilities / Robin Attfield.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in philosophy and biology.
Responsibility: edited by Markku Oksanen, Juhani Pietarinen.

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