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Diversity: A Philosophical Perspective
Section of Integrative Biology and Department of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, 1 University Station, #C3500, Austin, Texas 78712, USA
Received: 30 December 2009; in revised form: / Accepted: 18 January 2010 / Published: 26 January 2010
Abstract: In recent years, diversity, whether it be ecological, biological, cultural, or linguistic diversity, has emerged as a major cultural value. This paper analyzes whether a single concept of diversity can underwrite discussions of diversity in different disciplines. More importantly, it analyzes the normative justification for the endorsement of diversity as a goal in all contexts. It concludes that no more than a relatively trivial concept of diversity as richness is common to all contexts. Moreover, there is no universal justification for the endorsement of diversity. Arguments to justify the protection of diversity must be tailored to individual contexts.
Keywords: biodiversity; cultural diversity; diversity; ecological diversity; economics; environmental ethics; linguistic diversity; normativity
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Sarkar, S. Diversity: A Philosophical Perspective. Diversity 2010, 2, 127-141.
Sarkar S. Diversity: A Philosophical Perspective. Diversity. 2010; 2(1):127-141.
Sarkar, Sahotra. 2010. "Diversity: A Philosophical Perspective." Diversity 2, no. 1: 127-141.