“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."
Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2008
"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