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Preservation Versus the People?

Mathew Humphrey

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780199242672
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599514 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199242674.001.0001

Series: Techniques in Ecology & Conservation

Preservation Versus the People?

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Environmental political philosophy has generally been framed around the differing axiologies of ecocentrism (nature‐centred) and anthropocentric (human‐centred) forms of ethics. This book seeks to challenge the political relevance of this philosophical dispute with respect to the problem of nature preservation as public policy. A detailed analysis of the philosophical underpinnings of both ecocentric and ‘ecological humanist’ positions shows that the ‘embedded humanism’ within ecocentric arguments offers an opportunity to move beyond the ecocentric‐anthropocentric divide. Furthermore, a principle of ‘strong irreplaceability’ with regard to natural goods can provide the basis for a political argument for nature preservation that is compatible with both human‐centred and nature‐centred concerns.

Keywords: anthropocentrism; ecocentrism; ecological humanism; environment; ethics; irreplaceability; natural goods; nature; political philosophy; public policy

Book.  224 pages. 

Subjects: Environment

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Introduction in Preservation Versus the People?

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The Human Need for Nature in Preservation Versus the People?

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