Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 March 2019

224 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190923877

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The Death of the Ethic of Life

John Basl

  • Develops a novel account of the welfare of non-sentient organisms that goes far beyond its contemporaries, is more responsive to the influential challenges in the literature, and draws on issues in the philosophy of biology
  • Provides a primer on issues in philosophy of biology, such as the levels or units of selection, and how those issues relate to debates over welfare
  • Overturns widely held assumptions about the relationship of moral status and normative ethics
  • Defends the controversial view that both ecological collectives and many artifacts have a welfare in the same that way that individual organisms do
  • Connects environmental ethics with the philosophy of technology, including the relevance of artificial intelligence and machine learning to issues of moral status and welfare