Tackling the conservationist’s dilemma: towards a pluralist philosophy of taxonomy for species conservation policy
The aim of the overall research project is to develop an empirically informed philosophical framework for addressing the conservationist’s dilemma.
This dilemma arises from the fact that, in their efforts protect (critically) endangered species, conservation policy makers can be confronted with disputes among biological taxonomists about how to individuate those species in the first place. On the one hand, species conservation programs cannot wait for the resolution of such disputes; on the other hand, these programs risk being misdirected if they are rooted in flawed taxonomic perspectives. In addressing this dilemma, the project will break new ground in the burgeoning philosophical scholarship on the role of values in science, advance research in the philosophy of taxonomy, and forge new connections between these domains of research. In addition, the project will provide actionable philosophical knowledge for taxonomists and conservationists who face the conservationist’s dilemma in practice.
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Tackling the conservationist’s dilemma: towards a pluralist philosophy of taxonomy for species conservation policy has received a four year funding from The independent research fund Denmark
Period: April 2022 - 2026
Assistant professor, tenure track, Joeri Witteveen