Environmental Ethics and Size

Environmental Ethics and Size - Ryan Amann 10/10/11 The...

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Ryan Amann 10/10/11 The main point of the article I read is that small organisms should be given as much moral considerability as larger organisms. This point is presented several different ways, by Charles S. Cockell. Some of which I tend to disagree with, but we’ll get to that. First we must determine that the focus of the article is that smaller organisms are often forgotten (in the cases of endangered species, etc.) and that they deserve just as much moral considerability as their larger counterparts. The idea that a microbe and polar bear could be as similar as Cockell says, at first appears implausible. But as the article progresses, it becomes clear that there could be some validity to his argument. On the 4 th page of the article, Cockell tries to explain how a polar bear and microbe are virtually the same aside from their size. While at first disgusted that an environmentalist of this caliber could claim something so ridiculous, I thought more about it and realized he was on to something. He explains that as a river is
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