Values, Advocacy and Conservation Biology

Environmental Values 12 (1):55 - 69 (2003)
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In this essay, I examine the controversy concerning the advocacy of ethical values in conservation biology. First, I argue, as others have, that conservation biology is a science laden with values both ethical and non-ethical. Second, after clarifying the notion of advocacy at work, I contend that conservation biologists should advocate the preservation of biological diversity. Third, I explore what ethical grounds should be used for advocating the preservation of ecological systems by conservation biologists. I argue that conservation biologists should defend their preservationist positions on instrumentalist grounds alone if the context of discussion and debate is a scientific one
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Jay Odenbaugh (2008). Ecology and the Inescapability of Values. Science and Engineering Ethics 14 (4):593-596.
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