Environmental Philosophy 18 (2):279-318 (2021)

Kimberly Dill
Santa Clara University
Broadly, I endorse the view that biodiverse species and spaces warrant conservation in virtue of their power to induce epistemic, relational, and positive, psycho-physiological transformation. However, if we are able to construct cross-modally replete simulations of biodiverse environments, then what reason would we have to conserve genuine, biodiverse ecosystems? In order to address this “Simulation Problem,” I argue that the authenticity of biodiverse environments matters, both in itself and insofar as authenticity plays an important psychological, cultural, personal, and epistemic role in the lives of human agents.
Keywords Applied Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest  Social and Political Philosophy
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DOI 10.5840/envirophil2021924111
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