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Is there a clear writeup summarizing the arguments for why deep ecology is wrong?

by Linch 1 min read25th Oct 20195 comments


There's a folk view that I sometimes round off as "deep ecology," though I think it extends to more than the academic definition[1]. Roughly speaking, tenets include:

1) Ecosystems have an inherent right to exist, and have value beyond aggregating individuals' preferences or happiness.

2) *Species survival* is a coherent concept, and preserving current biodiversity is a worthy goal not just instrumentally but as an end in itself.

3) Humans are bad.

4) Ecosystems are by default in equilibrium.

5) Nature and her children were in harmony before some subset of {white people, capitalism, industrial revolution, agricultural revolution, homo sapiens, great apes} fucked it up.

6) The "Earth" will in a meaningful sense be better off without humans.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_ecology

I think a lot of these points are not just wrong but incoherent (especially 4 and 5, but I think to some degree or the other, the remaining points rest on those). Is there a clear writeup of what deep ecology entails and why it's wrong? (The arguments on wikipedia seem noncentral).