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Functions in Biological and Artificial WorldsComparative Philosophical Perspectives$
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Ulrich Krohs and Peter Kroes

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262113212

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262113212.001.0001

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Ecological Restoration: From Functional Descriptions to Normative Prescriptions

Ecological Restoration: From Functional Descriptions to Normative Prescriptions

(p.147) 9 Ecological Restoration: From Functional Descriptions to Normative Prescriptions
Functions in Biological and Artificial Worlds

Andrew Light

The MIT Press

This chapter addresses restoration ecology. It proposes a definition of restoration ecology that is intended to avoid confounding the natural-artificial distinction with normative issues. It assumes that restored environments are artifacts with specific functions and argues that they may have values on account of these functions. It provides a very different set of reasons for why artifacts can have positive or negative moral or social value regardless of the fact that they are artifacts. This chapter suggests that the moral potential of restoration ecology is that restorations can agitate links between persons and nature as well as simply among persons.

Keywords:   restoration ecology, artifacts, social value, moral value, persons, nature

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