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The Foundations of Ecocentrism

Mathew Humphrey

in Preservation Versus the People?

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780199242672
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599514 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199242674.003.0002
 The Foundations of Ecocentrism

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This chapter explores the philosophical foundations of ecocentrism, in particular its ontology. It explores the idea of a unity of humanity and nature and the proposition that ecological ‘laws’ should inform human morality. Does the quality of autopoiesis endow that natural world with intrinsic value? Can ecocentric principles offer guidance for human behaviour?

Keywords: autopoiesis; ecocentrism; ecological; humanity; morality; nature; ontology

Chapter.  15455 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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