Book Excerpt! The Fall of the Wild: Extinction, De-Extinction, and the Ethics of Conservation


The central ethical question addressed by Minteer is not only how far we might go to prevent biological extinction but also how far should we go. He comes to this conundrum as a distinguished environmental philosopher with a broad and deep record of thoughtful scholarship, as well as the heart of someone who obviously cares about the future of nature. 

~ Harry W. Greene, author of Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art

This week we’ve featured a Q&A and a media roundup of author Ben A. Minteer’s new book The Fall of the Wild: Extinction, De-Extinction, and the Ethics of Conservation. Today, we hope this excerpt from chapter 1 “Our Vanishing (and Reappearing) Wildlife” inspires you to reflection on the ethical dilemmas of species loss and recovery in an increasingly human-driven world.

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