Biodiversity - The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

for the draft of the 2013 update, see

archived version at:

Faith, Daniel P., "Biodiversity", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2008 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL =

This entry in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy addresses the following topics: 

1.    Concepts of Biodiversity
2.    From Species Values to Biodiversity Values
2.1  Species Values and Triage
2.2  Species as Equal Units and SMS
3.    Alternatives to Unit-species
3.1  The Shift from Elements to Processes
3.2  Option Value and Hierarchy of Variation
4.     Integrating Process and Elements Perspectives
5.     Biodiversity and Growth of Knowledge
5.1   Phylogenetic Hypotheses
5.2   Species Hypotheses
5.3   Biodiversity and DNA barcoding
6.     Conclusions



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