A pragmatic approach to the possibility of de-extinction
A number of influential biologists are currently pursuing efforts to restore previously extinct species. But for decades, philosophers of biology have regarded “de-extinction” as conceptually incoherent. Once a species is gone, it is gone forever. We argue that a range of metaphysical, biological, and ethical grounds for opposing de-extinction are at best inconclusive and that a pragmatic stance that allows for its possibility is more appealing.
Biology and Philosophy
Slater, Matthew H. and Clatterbuck, Hayley. "A pragmatic approach to the possibility of de-extinction." Biology and Philosophy (2018) : 1-21.