Making Ecological Values Make Sense: Toward More Operationalizable Ecological Legislation

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Ethics and the Environment, ISSN: 1535-5306, Vol: 21, Issue: 2, Page: 1-25

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Value claims about ecological populations, communities, and systems appear everywhere in the literature put out by leading environmental advisory institutions. In this essay, I clarify the content of such normatively significant value claims in two main steps. I first outline the conception of ecological entities, functionality, and properties, operative in the background of modern ecology. I then assess the implications of that background theory for how the many policies and management strategy directives that refer to such entities, functionality, and properties, can be most reasonably interpreted and operationalized.