Environmental Ethics

Volume 11, Issue 4, Winter 1989

Stanley N. Salthe, Barbara M. Salthe
Pages 355-361

Ecosystem Moral Considerability: A Reply to Cahen

Appeals to science as a help in constructing policy on complex issues often assume that science has relatively clear-cut, univocal answers. That is not so today in the environmentally crucial fields of ecology and evolutionary biology. The social role of science has been as a source of information to be used in the prediction and domination of nature. Its perspectives are finely honed for such purposes. However, other more conscientious perspectives are now appearing within science, and we provide an example here in rebuttal to the claim that there is no warrant from within ecology for ecosystem moral considerability.

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