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Single Idea 20993

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 13. Green Politics]

Full Idea

The eradication of smallpox is not viewed as an impoverishment of nature.

Gist of Idea

Eradicating smallpox does not impoverish nature


Amartya Sen (The Idea of Justice [2009], 11 'Sustainable')

Book Reference

Sen, Amartya: 'The Idea of Justice' [Penguin 2010], p.248

A Reaction

You'd have to be a pretty 'deep' ecologist to defend the carrier of smallpox, or Dutch Elm disease. The idea is included for balance.