Title

A pragmatic approach to the possibility of de-extinction

Publication Date

2018

Journal

Biology and Philosophy

Volume

33

Issue

4

First Page

1

Last Page

21

Department

Philosophy

Abstract

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.

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