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    December 23, 2013

  • A term in ecological political philosophy used to denote a nature-centred, as opposed to human-centred, system of values. The justification for ecocentrism normally consists in an ontological belief and subsequent ethical claim. The ontological belief denies any existential divisions between human and non-human nature sufficient to ground a 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’.

    December 23, 2013