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Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Biodiversity (Hardcover)
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Biological diversity - or ‘biodiversity’ - is the degree of variation of life within an ecosystem. It is a relatively new field of study but has grown enormously in recent years. However, 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-five 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 ethicscontribute to biodiversity?Topics covered include anthropocentrism, animal liberation, ecofeminism and ethical controversies surrounding the economics of biodiversity
- Measurement and methodology: including decision-theory and conservation and the changing use of zoos and aquariums in biodiversity conservation
- Social contexts and global justice: including conservation and community conflicts and biodiversity and climate change
- Biodiversity and other environmental values: wilderness, ecological restoration, sustainability, resilience, and ecological integrity.
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.