Who Loves Mosquitoes? Care Ethics, Theory of Obligation and Endangered Species

TitleWho Loves Mosquitoes? Care Ethics, Theory of Obligation and Endangered Species
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsPanagiotarakou, E
JournalJournal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics
Date Published2016
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number11877863
Keywordscare , Conservation , ECOLOGICAL , endangered , ethics , Mass , NORMATIVITY , Sixth , theory , WILDLIFE
AbstractThe focus of this paper is on normative ethical theories and endangered species. To be exact, I examine two theories: the theory of obligation and care ethics, and ask which is better-suited in the case of endangered species. I argue that the aretic, feminist-inspired ethics of care is well-suited in the case of companion animals, but ill-suited in the case of endangered species, especially in the case of 'unlovable' species. My argument presupposes that (1) we now live an era where human disturbances to planetary ecosystems are triggering a sixth mass species extinction, and (2) widespread interventions will be needed to save many species from extinction.
NotesPanagiotarakou, Eleni 1; Email Address: eleni.panagiotarakou@concordia.ca; Affiliations: 1: Concordia University , Montreal Canada; Issue Info: Dec2016, Vol. 29 Issue 6, p1057; Subject Term: CARE ethics (Philosophy); Subject Term: NORMATIVITY (Ethics); Subject Term: ENDANGERED species; Subject Term: WILDLIFE conservation; Subject Term: MASS extinctions; Subject Term: ECOLOGICAL disturbances; Author-Supplied Keyword: Conservation interventions; Author-Supplied Keyword: Endangered species; Author-Supplied Keyword: Ethics of care; Author-Supplied Keyword: Sixth mass extinction; Author-Supplied Keyword: Theory of obligation; Number of Pages: 14p; Document Type: Article