Environmental Diversity and the Value of the Unusual [chapter]

Jason Kawall
1998 The Paideia Archive: Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy  
It is commonplace to call for the protection of environmental diversity. I develop an often overlooked reason for preserving diversity: we should preserve diversity in order to preserve the unusual. I show that we do in fact value the unusual, and that we should value the unusual (pace Rolston and Russow). Recognizing the value of the unusual provides a foundation for valuing species not otherwise considered valuable.
doi:10.5840/wcp20-paideia199822392 fatcat:v7aj27zq7rf3jiwmwohnctdlnm