Adrian Treves, Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila, and William S. Lynn, Just preservation


Most aspects of Treves et al.’s target article are commendable, but I would suggest: explicitly including (1) Singer’s ‘equal interests’ principle; adjusting (2) Mathews’s principle of ‘bioproportionality’; and clarifying the implications of (3) Parfit’s Non-Identity Problem, (4) the limits of present predictions of future needs, and (5) the application of the concept of selves to biotic individuals. There is also a problem about (6) how plants are to be individuated.

Author Biography

Robin Attfield is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Cardiff University. He has written widely on ethics, environmental philosophy, philosophy of religion, and the history of ideas. His most recent book is Environmental Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2018). Website