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What Is Biodiversity? Paperback – June 15, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0226500812 ISBN-10: 0226500810 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (June 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226500810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226500812
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,925,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Maclaurin and Sterelny’s What Is Biodiversity? is a truly impressive achievement. The concept of ‘biodiversity’ is much used though equally abused. Their proposed pluralistic, multidimensional account of biodiversity centered around species richness leads the way forward through studies of diversity in ecology and conservation biology, and also in important areas like paleontology and developmental biology. Anyone interested in debates over biological diversity and its values simply must read this book.”—Jay Odenbaugh, Lewis and Clark College

(Jay Odenbaugh, Lewis and Clark College)

What Is Biodiversity? is essential reading for philosophers of biology, environmental philosophers, conservation biologists, and, indeed, anyone interested in one of the most pressing issues of our time: the conservation of biodiversity. Maclaurin and Sterelny have written an important book, but it’s also a terrific read. The writing is clear and economical, the argumentation is tight, and the result is a very engaging book. It is sure to have a significant impact on both the philosophical and the biological work on biodiversity.”—Mark Colyvan, University of Sydney

(Mark Colyvan, University of Sydney)

"This monograph would make an excellent supplemental reading for undergraduate courses in ecology, conservation biology, and philosophy of biology or a primary resource for a class on biodiversity."
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"Overall, [the authors] have produced an interesting review and a coherent argument. Their work will be of interest to those involved in conservation planning and management, environmental policy, ecological and evolutionary theory, and the philosophy of biological science. . . . Their work underlines that extension of conservation biology by integration of ecological and evolutionary theory is an exciting, advancing field."
(A. Jasmyn J. Lynch Austral Ecology)

"A valuable theoretical contribution to debates surrounding the conservation of biological diversity. By explaining the diversity of diversities and its relevance for conservation purposes, [the authors] correct the widespread illusion that the conservation of species is an easily tractable and objective aim of conservation."
(Uta Esser International Studies in the Philosophy of Science)

"This book often clears a path through much of the related theoretical undergrowth, fearlessly criticising the theories of all-comers, Dawkins, Gould and Lewontin among them."
(Robin Attfield Philosophy)

About the Author

James Maclaurin is senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Kim Sterelny divides his time between Victoria University of Wellington, where he is professor of philosophy, and the Research School of Social Sciences at Australian National University. He is the coauthor, with Paul Griffiths, of Sex and Death: An Introduction to Philosophy of Biology.

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ritzert on April 14, 2012
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This book is not bad it is just not a good resource book for quick easy to understand information. I needed a good resource book that broke things down a little easier and this just did not do it.
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