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Resurrecting Extinct Species

Ethics and Authenticity
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ISBN-13:
9783319695778
Einband:
Book
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.01.2018
Seiten:
128
Autor:
Douglas Campbell
Gewicht:
319 g
Format:
218x154x17 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Provides an up-to-date and accessible philosophical analysis of the ethics of de-extinction

Expands enquiry from case studies to broader philosophical questions

Challenges conventional attitudes towards the concept of authenticity and questions generalisations about de-extinction to offer a nuanced exploration of the topic
Chapter 1. Wildlife Conservation in a Brave New World.- Chapter 2. Backbreeding: From Cow to Auroch.- Chapter 3: From Elephant to Mammoth by Coning and Genetic Engineering.- Chapter 4. Bringing back birds: passenger pigeons and huia.- Chapter 5. Resurrecting Neanderthals: De-extinction at the ethical limit.- Chapter 6. Mammoth or pseudo-mammoth? The authenticity question.- Chapter 7. Arguments For and Against De-extinction.- Chapter 8. Why, Which, When, and How: the ethics of de-extinction.
This book is about the philosophy of de-extinction. To make an extinct species 'de-extinct' is to resurrect it by creating new organisms of the same, or similar, appearance and genetics. The book describes current attempts to resurrect three species, the aurochs, woolly mammoth and passenger pigeon. It then investigates two major philosophical questions such projects throw up. These are the Authenticity Question-' will the products of de-extinction be authentic members of the original species?' -and the Ethical Question-' is de-extinction something that should be done?' The book surveys and critically evaluates a raft of arguments for and against the authenticity or de-extinct organisms, and for and against the ethical legitimacy of de-extinction. It concludes, first, that authentic de-extinctions are actually possible, and second, that de-extinction can potentially be ethically legitimate, especially when deployed as part of a 'freeze now and resurrect later' conservation strategy.