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Unformatted text preview: Click to edit Master subtitle style Is nature intrinsically valuable? Is anthropocentrism so bad? Introduction • “Should other species have rights? Are all species equal?” – Anthropocentric questions? • How and why should humans value nature? – Economy – Aesthetics – Intrinsic (inherent) value http://reliableanswers.com/images/wallpaper/yosemite_upper_falls.jpg http://www.jewelinfo4u.com/images/Gallery/ekati_diamond_mine.jpg • Should “environmental” ethics be based on human needs or nature itself ? Core concepts in environmental ethics—offering different view s • 5 key concepts or positions – Anthropocentrism – Intrinsic (inherent) value (most interesting, challenging) – Biocentrism – Ecocentrism – Deep ecology Anthropocentrism • [Hu]man-centered • Can be strategically and practically valuable • Can promote status quo, always placing humans first Intrinsic value • “Nature for nature’s sake”? – Complications… • Perspective 1: intrinsic as anthropocentric-in- disguise – “In the facts of the object, is there anything of value?” • No … • Values as anthropocentric, or at least anthropogenic (human generated) • Norton: “Only the humans are valuing agents.”Norton: “Only the humans are valuing agents....
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6_Biocentrism2011 - Click to edit Master subtitle style Is nature intrinsically valuable Is anthropocentrism so bad Introduction • “Should

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