Real or Fake? The Authenticity Question

  • Douglas Ian Campbell
  • Patrick Michael Whittle


Is the resurrection of an extinct species genuinely possible, or not? Will organisms produced by de-extinction technology be authentic new members of the species that died out, or just convincing fakes? We seek to answer these questions in this chapter. Critics of de-extinction have offered many reasons for thinking that the products of de-extinction will be inauthentic. The bulk of the chapter is taken up with surveying their arguments. We attempt to show that none are convincing. We end the chapter by offering and defending two arguments in favour of the view that authentic de-extinctions are possible.


De-extinction Authenticity Conservation value 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas Ian Campbell
    • 1
  • Patrick Michael Whittle
    • 2
  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentUniversity of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand
  2. 2.ChristchurchNew Zealand

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