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At the centre of what?: a critical note on the centrism-terminology in environmental ethics
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. (USSTE)
2013 (English)In: Environmental Values, ISSN 0963-2719, E-ISSN 1752-7015, Vol. 22, no 5, 627-645 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The distinction between anthropocentric and non-anthropocentric theories, together with the more fine-grained distinction between anthropocentrism, biocentrism and ecocentrism, are probably two of the most frequently occurring distinctions in the environmental ethics literature. In this essay I draw attention to some problematic aspects of the terminology used to draw these distinctions: the ‘centrism-terminology’. I argue that this terminology is ambiguous and misleading, and therefore confusing. Furthermore, depending on which interpretation it is given, it is also either asymmetric and non-inclusive, or superfluous. Although I find it unlikely that the centrism-terminology will be abandoned, I end the essay by providing a suggestion for an alternative way to categorise theories in environmental ethics.

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Isle of Harris: White Horse Press, 2013. Vol. 22, no 5, 627-645 p.
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anthropocentrism, non-anthropocentrism, ecocentrism, biocentrism, environmental ethics
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Philosophy
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Ethics; Practical Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-80912DOI: 10.3197/096327113X13745164553879ISI: 000325669500005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-80912DiVA: diva2:651952
Available from: 2013-09-27 Created: 2013-09-27 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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