Protection of biodiversity for the sake of science?

Schepers G (2014)
In: Concepts and values in biodiversity. Lanzerath D, Friele M (Eds); Routledge Studies in Biodiversity Politics and Management, 1, . London: Routledge: 329-348.

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Lanzerath, Dirk ; Friele, Minou
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Should biodiversity be protected also for the sake of science, as is sometimes suggested? I argue that it should not. First, I explain the “science argument”, as I call it, which says that biodiversity should be protected for scientific purposes, as an object of science. Second, I give reasons against this argument. I argue that the science argument contradicts our understanding of the natural sciences. In addition, I show that science does not depend on biodiversity. However, since biodiversity research depends on biodiversity, I then explore whether biodiversity research is important for science. I argue that the investigation of biodiversity is exclusively valuable for scientists personally and for humankind generally, as it shows us to what extent biodiversity is useful – but not for science. Therefore, the science argument does not convince.
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Schepers G. Protection of biodiversity for the sake of science? In: Lanzerath D, Friele M, eds. Concepts and values in biodiversity. Routledge Studies in Biodiversity Politics and Management, 1. London: Routledge; 2014: 329-348.
Schepers, G. (2014). Protection of biodiversity for the sake of science? In D. Lanzerath & M. Friele (Eds.), Routledge Studies in Biodiversity Politics and Management, 1. Concepts and values in biodiversity (pp. 329-348). London: Routledge.
Schepers, G. (2014). “Protection of biodiversity for the sake of science?” in Concepts and values in biodiversity, ed. D. Lanzerath and M. Friele Routledge Studies in Biodiversity Politics and Management, 1 (London: Routledge), 329-348.
Schepers, G., 2014. Protection of biodiversity for the sake of science? In D. Lanzerath & M. Friele, eds. Concepts and values in biodiversity. Routledge Studies in Biodiversity Politics and Management, 1. London: Routledge, pp. 329-348.
G. Schepers, “Protection of biodiversity for the sake of science?”, Concepts and values in biodiversity, D. Lanzerath and M. Friele, eds., Routledge Studies in Biodiversity Politics and Management, 1, London: Routledge, 2014, pp.329-348.
Schepers, G.: Protection of biodiversity for the sake of science? In: Lanzerath, D. and Friele, M. (eds.) Concepts and values in biodiversity. Routledge Studies in Biodiversity Politics and Management, 1. p. 329-348. Routledge, London (2014).
Schepers, Gesine. “Protection of biodiversity for the sake of science?”. Concepts and values in biodiversity. Ed. Dirk Lanzerath and Minou Friele. London: Routledge, 2014. Routledge Studies in Biodiversity Politics and Management, 1. 329-348.
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