Environmental Values (forthcoming)

Patrik Baard
Malmö University
I will argue that holistic ecocentrism unnecessarily introduces elements to explain why we ought to halt biodiversity loss. I will suggest that atomistic accounts can justify the same conclusion by utilising fewer elements. Hence, why we ought to preserve biodiversity can be made reasonable without adding elements such as intrinsic values of ecosystems or moral obligations to conserve collectives of organisms. Between two equally good explanations of the same phenomenon, the explanation utilising fewer elements, which speaks in favour of atomistic accounts, will be the better one.
Keywords biodiversity   biocentrism   ecocentrism   Ockham's razor
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