ENVS is excited to offer the 2013-2014 Interdisciplinary Workshop on Biodiversity, which will organize a series of interdisciplinary seminars and public talks from biology, philosophy, and environmental studies in order question the normative role of biodiversity.
The first speaker in the series, Donald Maier, recently published a book entitled What’s So Good About Biodiversity? A Call for Better Reasoning About Nature’s Value. In it he ”undertakes a comprehensive, detailed, and careful philosophical analysis of the many reasons that scientists, economists, philosophers, and others offer for why biodiversity is supposed to be such a central good of nature. Its conclusion is both surprising and disturbing: No reason for biodiversity’s good can be found that is not ill-conceived, logically indefensible, internally contradictory, or self-undermining.”