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Ecosystem Health: Some Preventive Medicine

Dale Jamieson

Environmental Values 4(1995): 333-344. doi: 10.3197/096327195776679411

Some ecologists, philosophers, and policy analysts believe that ecosystem health can be defined in a rigorous way and employed as a management goal in environmental policy. The idea of ecosystem health may have something to recommend it as part of a rhetorical strategy, but I am dubious about its utility as a technical term in environmental policy. I develop several objections to this latest version of scientism in environmental policy, and conclude that our environmental problems fundamentally involve problems in our institutions of governance, our systems of value, and our ways of knowing. These are the problems that most need to be addressed.

KEYWORDS: Desire, ecosystem health, health, objectivity, preference, scientism, subjectivity, values

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles:

Strangers in a Strange Land: The Problem of Exotic Species Mark Woods and Paul Veatch Moriarty

Exotic Species, Naturalisation, and Biological Nativism Ned Hettinger

Sharing the Earth: Sustainability and the Currency of Inter-Generational Environmental Justice. Allen Habib

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