Resurrecting Extinct Species

Ethics and Authenticity

  • Douglas Ian Campbell
  • Patrick Michael Whittle

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Douglas Ian Campbell, Patrick Michael Whittle
    Pages 1-28
  3. Douglas Ian Campbell, Patrick Michael Whittle
    Pages 29-48
  4. Douglas Ian Campbell, Patrick Michael Whittle
    Pages 49-86
  5. Douglas Ian Campbell, Patrick Michael Whittle
    Pages 87-124
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 125-128

About this book

Introduction

This book is about the philosophy of de-extinction. To make an extinct species ‘de-extinct’ is to resurrect it by creating new organisms of the same, or similar, appearance and genetics. The book describes current attempts to resurrect three species, the aurochs, woolly mammoth and passenger pigeon. It then investigates two major philosophical questions such projects throw up. These are the Authenticity Question—‘will the products of de-extinction be authentic members of the original species?’—and the Ethical Question—‘is de-extinction something that should be done?' The book surveys and critically evaluates a raft of arguments for and against the authenticity or de-extinct organisms, and for and against the ethical legitimacy of de-extinction. It concludes, first, that authentic de-extinctions are actually possible, and second, that de-extinction can potentially be ethically legitimate, especially when deployed as part of a ‘freeze now and resurrect later’ conservation strategy. 

Keywords

ethics de-extinction resurrection authenticity research conservation biodiversity restorative justice moral hazard

Authors and affiliations

  • Douglas Ian Campbell
    • 1
  • Patrick Michael Whittle
    • 2
  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentUniversity of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand
  2. 2.ChristchurchNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69578-5
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-69577-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-69578-5
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