The Varieties of Social Contracts
We examine some eighteenth- and nineteenth-century views on vegetarianism as a prelude to the post-Cartesian rejection of the concept of animals as mechanisms. This, in turn, segues into the essential revisitation of a mechanistic modality in contemporary de-extinction and re-wilding scenarios by dint of their genetic and landscape-level human intrusiveness. While the ethics espoused by these manipulations are clearly redemptive and oriented toward ideals of biological integrity and its reconstitution, other evolutionary variables are discussed in light of data revealing a near universality of hybridization occurring throughout the biosphere. All of these cumulative realizations may, indeed, alter our perceptions as to what strategies humans might best adapt in their endeavor to become better conservation stewards.