Buying into conservation: intrinsic versus instrumental value.
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Many conservation biologists believe the best ethical basis for conserving natural entities is their claimed intrinsic value, not their instrumental value for humans. But there is significant confusion about what intrinsic value is and how it could govern conservation decision making. After examining what intrinsic value is supposed to be, we argue that it cannot guide the decision making conservation requires. An adequate ethical basis for conservation must do this, and instrumental value does it best.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1016/j.tree.2008.11.011
Publication InfoJustus, James; Colyvan, Mark; Regan, Helen; & Maguire, Lynn (2009). Buying into conservation: intrinsic versus instrumental value. Trends Ecol Evol, 24(4). pp. 187-191. 10.1016/j.tree.2008.11.011. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/15185.
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Lynn A. Maguire
Professor of the Practice Emeritus
Dr. Maguire's current research uses a combination of methods from decision analysis, environmental conflict resolution and social psychology to study environmental decision making. She focuses on collaborative decision processes where values important to the general public and stakeholders must be combined with technical analysis to determine management strategies. Her recent applications of decision analysis include the management of rare species, invasive species, and wildfire risk. Dr. Maguir
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