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Intrinsic values in nature: Objective good or simply half of an unhelpful dichotomy?
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Environmental and Life Sciences (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2633-4178
2017 (English)In: Journal for Nature Conservation, ISSN 1617-1381, E-ISSN 1618-1093, Vol. 37, p. 8-11Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Two generations of conservationists and philosophers have built a strong case for intrinsic values in nature; they are the basis of the normative postulates of conservation biology. I argue that the recognition of intrinsic natural value is a fundamental and non-negotiable aspect of an eco-evolutionary worldview. Recently, relational values, "preferences, principles, and virtues associated with relationships", have been proposed as a third category of values in nature, which may help to resolve the debate between instrumental and intrinsic valuation. By depicting intrinsic values as part of an unhelpful dichotomy between anthropocentric and ecocentric values, the current assessment of relational values fails to adequately account for the modern philosophical view of intrinsic natural value. The recognition of intrinsic natural value is not merely an academic exercise, but rather a vital aspect of conservation of the biosphere; recognition of value entails the obligation to do what is right, i.e., protect the good. Any attempt to reframe the discussion about values and environmental protection through more formal recognition of relational values will need to more clearly address how relational and intrinsic values coexist and how they can jointly form the basis for nature conservation. (C) 2017 The Author. Published by Elsevier GmbH.

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Elsevier, 2017. Vol. 37, p. 8-11
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-65681DOI: 10.1016/j.jnc.2017.02.007ISI: 000404558600002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-65681DiVA, id: diva2:1175619
Available from: 2018-01-18 Created: 2018-01-18 Last updated: 2018-06-11Bibliographically approved

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