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The coevolution of descriptive and evaluative beliefs in Aldo Leopold's thinking

Millstein, Roberta L. (2023) The coevolution of descriptive and evaluative beliefs in Aldo Leopold's thinking. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The founder of conservation biology, Michael Soulé, set out a vision for conservation biology that was explicitly value-laden, analogous to cancer-biology. In so doing, he drew on the writings of Aldo Leopold, known among philosophers primarily for his land ethic. Employing and extending the work of Anderson (2004) and Clough (2020), I argue that the Leopoldian views that Soulé was drawing on were the product of the coevolution of descriptive and evaluative beliefs over the course of Leopold’s life, grounded in his experiences, resulting in tested and reliable – albeit defeasible – values underlying conservation biology.


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Millstein, Roberta L.rlmillstein@ucdavis.edu0000-0002-6493-6428
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Philosophy of Science, a PSA 2022 symposium paper for the 2024 Special Issue.
Keywords: conservation biology, science, values, Aldo Leopold, land ethic
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Environmental Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Roberta L. Millstein
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2023 16:10
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 16:10
Item ID: 22644
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Environmental Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: October 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22644

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