from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Regarding humans as the central element of the universe.
- adj. Interpreting reality exclusively in terms of human values and experience.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Placing humans at the center of something, giving preference to humans above all other considerations.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Assuming man as the center or ultimate end; -- applied to theories of the universe or of any part of it, as the solar system.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Regarding man as the central fact of creation; assuming man to be the final aim and end of creation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. human-centered
For decades, the consensus was that as children begin reasoning about the biological world, they adopt only one -- markedly "anthropocentric" -- vantage point, favoring humans over non-human animals when it comes to learning about properties of animals.
Up to now the environmental ethics has been only anthropocentric, that is to say an economics ethics that ignores man's responsibility for nature.
Many traditional western ethical perspectives, however, are anthropocentric or human-centered in that either they assign intrinsic value to human beings alone (i.e., what we might call anthropocentric in a strong sense) or they assign a significantly greater amount of intrinsic value to human beings than to any nonhuman things such that the protection or promotion of human interests or well-being at the expense of nonhuman things turns out to be nearly always justified (i.e., what we might call anthropocentric in a weak sense).
Glad your wild bird encounter didn't turn all Hitchcock...which would be just a different kind of anthropocentric nature poem, I guess.
Rather than restoring wild nature, Southern Californians would do better to think of the natural world around them as a large and wonderful set of gardens -- many Central Parks on a much grander scale -- designed by human beings for human aesthetic and other "anthropocentric" purposes, including the tight limitation of fire risks.
Paul's doctrine is "anthropocentric", that it starts from his conception of man's inability to fulfill the law of God without the help of grace to such an extent that he is a slave of sin and must wage war against the flesh.
For decades, the consensus was that as young children begin reasoning about the biological world, they adopt an "anthropocentric" stance, favoring humans over non-human animals when it comes to learning about properties of animals.
They suggest that mainstream environmentalism shares a human-centred, "anthropocentric" stance towards the natural world.
This sort of reality-show mockumentary interspersed with news footage of the attempted evictions (which see everything from an anthropocentric view, and get so much of the story wrong) is a sort of implicit criticism of the modern media age and how we humans handle themselves.
We need to abandon the anthropocentric view that only big-brained animals such as ourselves, nonhuman great apes, elephants, and cetaceans dolphins and whales have sufficient mental capacities for complex forms of consciousness.