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date: 24 February 2020

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Imagine that you are the last human being. When you are gone, the only life remaining will be plants, microbes, invertebrates. For some reason, this thought runs through your head: Before I die, it sure would be fun to blow up the last remaining redwood. What, if anything, would be wrong with destroying that redwood? Destroying it won’t hurt any person, or even any sentient creature. It won’t hurt anything. So, what’s the problem? This chapter reflects on the possibility of finding intrinsic value, objective value, incommensurate value, moral standing, and grounds for self-respect in the nonhuman natural world.

Keywords: intrinsic value, objective value, transformative value, incommensurability, standing, self-respect, environmental value, last man argument

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