Buying into conservation: intrinsic versus instrumental value

Journal Article

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. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Justus, J; Colyvan, M; Regan, H; Maguire, L

Published Date

  • 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 187 - 191

PubMed ID

  • 19251339

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0169-5347

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.tree.2008.11.011