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anthropocentrism

Definitions

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  • n. A viewpoint or theory that places human beings at the center of something, giving preference to human beings above all other considerations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an inclination to evaluate reality exclusively in terms of human values.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an inclination to evaluate reality exclusively in terms of human values

Etymologies

Originated 1905-1910, anthropocentric +‎ -ism. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Although a metaphysical assumption, anthropocentrism is of immense practical import, enabling modern states to command loyalty and resources from their subjects in pursuit of political projects.

    August 15th, 2008

  • Almost all therapists are trained to focus pretty exclusively on human-human relationships (yes, that's called anthropocentrism).

    Linda Buzzell: The Greening of Psychotherapy

  • Many humans are wonderful, and many things that humans have done are wonderful, but I have been thinking recently that a lot of misanthropy is, rather than being hateful, is simply a rejection of anthropocentrism. hmm.

    "No moon, no pale reflection."

  • Although 5-year-olds adopted an anthropocentric perspective (replicating earlier studies), 3-year-olds showed no hint of anthropocentrism.

    Marc Bekoff: Animals, Kids, and Slaughterhouse Effects on Crime

  • Both have a history of dismissing one another; environmentalists for being anti-religious and misanthropic, and evangelicals for intolerance and anthropocentrism.

    Welcome to the Table: The Green Evangelical Movement

  • Drawing on the work of Giorgio Agamben, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida, the puzzle is explained by the functional imperatives of anthropocentric sovereignty, which cannot decide a UFO exception to anthropocentrism while preserving the ability to make such a decision.

    When Literary "Theory" is Used for Science

  • Tools he used included [a] fervent return to the original texts, determined anthropocentrism (if in Christocentric form); and the affirmation of his own organ of genius and draftsmanship, namely the voice of the vernacular.

    Orwell as Protestant Reformer?

  • "There's no way out of anthropocentrism," says Diski, but conservationists might disagree, arguing that respecting the otherness of a wild animal means we should protect against ourselves and our short-term interests the habitat in which that otherness evolved and on which it depends.

    What I Don't Know About Animals by Jenny Diski – review

  • Michael, I like the way you tied together the two core issues I brought up -- anthropocentrism and interiority -- so simply and directly in your last letter.

    Ross Robertson: The Inner Life: Nature And Transcendence

  • I like the way you tied together the two core issues I brought up -- anthropocentrism and interiority -- so simply and directly in your last letter.

    Ross Robertson: The Inner Life: Nature And Transcendence

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