International Journal of Applied Philosophy

Volume 13, Issue 1, Spring 1999

Jane Duran
Pages 113-120

The Moral Status of the Joshua Tree

The notion that plants, as well as animals, have a moral status is examined both in general, and with respect to the status of particularly rare plants that may be deemed to be lacking in general instrumentality, such as the Joshua tree. The work of Passmore, Singer and Santos is adduced, and several lines of argument revolving around preservation, sentiency and attractiveness to humans are constructed.