Ecocentrism

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Frederic P Miller, Agnes F Vandome, John McBrewster
VDM Publishing, Mar 18, 2011 - 116 pages
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Ecocentrism is a term used in ecological political philosophy to denote a nature-centered, as opposed to human-centred, system of values. The justification for ecocentrism usually consists in an ontological belief and subsequent ethical claim. The ontological belief denies that there are any existential divisions between human and non-human nature sufficient to claim that humans are either (a) the sole bearers of intrinsic value or (b) possess greater intrinsic value than non-human nature. Thus the subsequent ethical claim is for an equality of intrinsic value across human and non-human nature, or 'biospherical egalitarianism'. In 2004 Ted Mosquin and Stan Rowe published A Manifesto for Earth in the journal Biodiversity. This was a synthesis of their deliberations on ecocentrism and contained a Statement of Conviction followed by a set of Core Principles with their associated Action Principles.

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