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The Routledge handbook of philosophy of biodiversity

Author: Justin Garson; Anya Plutynski; Sahotra Sarkar
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.
Series: Routledge handbooks in philosophy
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Biological diversity - or 'biodiversity' - is the degree of variation of life within an ecosystem. It is a relatively new topic of study but has grown enormously in recent years. Because of its interdisciplinary nature the very concept of biodiversity is the subject of debate amongst philosophers, biologists, geographers and environmentalists. The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Biodiversity is an outstanding  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Justin Garson; Anya Plutynski; Sahotra Sarkar
ISBN: 9781138827738 1138827738
OCLC Number: 1101899620
Description: xiv, 349 p. : il. ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Justin Garson, Anya Plutynski, and Sahotra Sarkar --
Part I. Historical and sociological contexts. 1. A confluence of values : historical roots of concern for biological diversity / Timothy Farnham ; 2. Extinction and biodiversity : a historical perspective / David Sepkoski --
Part II. What is biodiversity? 3. Approaches to biodiversity / Sahotra Sarkar ; 4. Is biodiversity a natural quality? / James Maclaurin ; 5. A general model for biodiversity and its value / Daniel P. Faith ; 6. Biodiversity eliminativism / Carlos Santana ; 7. "Biodiversity" and biological diversities : consequences of pluralism between biology and policy / David M. Frank ; 8. Ecological hierarchy and biodiversity / Christopher Lean and Kim Sterelny ; 9. Unnatural kinds : biodiversity and human-modified entities / Helena Siipi ; 10. Going small : the challenges of microbial diversity / Christophe Malaterre --
Part III. Why protect biodiversity? 11. Is biodiversity intrinsically valuable? : (and what might that mean?) / Katie McShane ; 12. What good is it, anyway? / J. Baird Callicott ; 13. Economizing on nature's bounty / Lisa Heinzerling ; 14. Protecting biodiversity and moral psychology; or why philosophers are asking the wrong questions / Jay Odenbaugh ; 15. What would Leopold do? : considering assisted colonization as a conservation strategy / Ben A. Minteer --
Part IV. Measurement and methodology. 16. Biodiversity indicators need to be fit for purpose / Kerrie Wilson, Jacqueline England, and Shaun Cunningham ; 17. Using concepts of biodiversity value in structured decision-making / Lynn A. Maguire ; 18. Measuring biodiversity and monitoring ecological and evolutionary processes with genetic and genomic tools / Alan R. Templeton ; 19. Estimating biodiversity loss / Yrjö Haila --
Part V. Social contexts and global justice. 20. Putting biodiversity conservation into practice : the importance of local culture, economy, governance, and community values / Anya Plutynski and Yayoi Fujita-Lagerqvist ; 21. Synergies and trade-offs : recognizing the many possible outcomes of community-based conservation / Jeremy Brooks --
Part VI. Biodiversity and other environmental values. 22. Ecological sustainability / J. Baird Callicott ; 23. Ecological restoration and biodiversity conservation / Justin Garson.
Series Title: Routledge handbooks in philosophy
Responsibility: edited by Justin Garson, Anya Plutynski, and Sahotra Sarkar.

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Biological diversity - or 'biodiversity' - is the degree of variation of life within an ecosystem. It is a relatively new topic of study but has grown enormously in recent years. Because of its interdisciplinary nature the very concept of biodiversity is the subject of debate amongst philosophers, biologists, geographers and environmentalists. The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Biodiversity is an outstanding reference source to the key topics and debates in this exciting subject. Comprising twenty-three chapters by a team of international contributors the Handbook is divided into six parts: Historical and sociological contexts, focusing on the emergence of the term and early attempts to measure biodiversity. What is biodiversity? How should biodiversity be defined? How can biodiversity include entities at the edge of its boundaries, including microbial diversity and genetically engineered organisms? Why protect biodiversity? What can traditional environmental ethics contribute to biodiversity? Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy, environmental science and environmental studies, and conservation management, it will also be extremely useful to those studying biodiversity in subjects such as biology and geography.

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