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Making Ecological Values Make Sense: Toward More Operationalizable Ecological Legislation

Donhauser, Justin (2016) Making Ecological Values Make Sense: Toward More Operationalizable Ecological Legislation. Ethics and the Environment, 21 (2). pp. 1-25.

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Abstract

Value claims about ecological populations, communities, and systems appear everywhere in the literature put out by leading environmental advisory institutions. In this essay, I clarify the content of such normatively significant value claims in two main steps. I first outline the conception of ecological entities, functionality, and properties, operative in the background of modern ecology. I then assess the implications of that background theory for how the many policies and management strategy directives that refer to such entities, functionality, and properties, can be most reasonably interpreted and operationalized.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Donhauser, Justin
Keywords: Environmental policy; ecosystem services; ecological value; biodiversity; ecological functioning; ecological restoration
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science Policy
Depositing User: Justin Donhauser
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2017 14:41
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2017 14:41
Item ID: 13495
Journal or Publication Title: Ethics and the Environment
Official URL: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/640859/summary
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science Policy
Date: 2016
Page Range: pp. 1-25
Volume: 21
Number: 2
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13495

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