Using De-extinction to Create Extinct Species Proxies; Natural History not Included

Ethics, Policy and Environment 20 (1):15-17 (2017)

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Authors sometimes treat the promise of de-extinction as a forgone conclusion. But if we take Kasperbauer’s approach and assess the moral acceptability of de-extinction by weighting benefits to species against the suffering of individuals, the promise of de-extinction deserves greater critical attention. Accepting de-extinct individuals as replacements for extinct predecessors assumes species are separate from environment and can be reduced to DNA. In this response to Kasperbauer’s essay, I examine how the acceptability of de-extinction might shift if we instead view species as the persistence of processes—the successful know-how of living in relation to other unfolding processes.
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