interests as such, the rhetoric of anti-anthropocentrism is counterproductive in Anthropocentrism, widely used as a term of criticism in environmental ethics .. to offer an alternative to either anthropocentrism or biocentrism, is ecocentrism Volume 5, Issue 3, Fall Richard A. Watson. Pages DOI: / enviroethics A Critique of Anti-Anthropocentric Biocentrism. Watson: A Critique of Anti-Anthropocentric Biocentrism study guide by Ma_Rinaldi includes 9 questions covering vocabulary, terms and more. Quizlet flashcards.

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Biocentrism (ethics)

In the words of Mahavira: Environment and Development – Vol. In Hinduism, humans have no special authority over other creatures, and all living things have souls ‘ atman ‘. Retrieved 1 December Tom Colwell – – Educational Theory 35 3: The term biocentrism encompasses all environmental ethics that “extend the status of moral object from human beings to all living things in nature”.

Articles lacking reliable references from December All articles lacking reliable references CS1 maint: John Mizzoni – – Environmental Ethics 26 1: The Buddha ‘s teachings encourage people “to live simply, to cherish tranquility, to appreciate the natural cycle of life”. It stands in contrast to anthropocentrismwhich centers on the value of humans.


John Mizzoni – – Environmental Ethics 26 1: In the words of Mahavira: Retrieved 29 October Environmental Ethics 5 3: Added to PP index Total downloads 15of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 2of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Biocentric thought is nature-based, not human-based.

It stands in contrast to anthropocentrismwhich centers on the value of humans. Environment and Development – Vol. Science Logic and Mathematics.

Retrieved 29 November The Discursive Construction of Anthropocentrism. It is still popularly believed that every tree has a Vriksa-devata a tree deity.

Uncontrolled human behavior might lead to the destruction ofthe environment and thus to the extinction of human beings. This page was last edited on 29 Novemberat Although they are similar in many ways, biocentrism and ecocentrism are two distinct ethical viewpoints.

The anti-anthropocehtric is seen for what it is; the biosphere within which we live and depend on its diversity for our health.

Historian Donald Worster traces today’s biocentric philosophies, which he sees as part of a recovery of a sense of kinship between man and natureto the reaction by the British intelligencia of the Victorian era against the Christian ethic of dominion over nature.

He asserts that ethics should be extended to the land as “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity”. The term has also been employed by advocates of ” left biocentrism”, which combines nati-anthropocentric ecology with an ” biocemtrism and anti-capitalist ” position according to David Orton et al.


Biocentrism ethics For the cosmological concept, see biocentric universe. Franciscan Biocentrism and the Franciscan Tradition.

Ahimsa non-violencethe central teaching of Jainism, means more than not hurting other humans.

Richard A. Watson, A Critique of Anti-Anthropocentric Biocentrism – PhilPapers

Jainism encourages people to practice an attitude of compassion towards all life. A more complex form of criticism focuses on the contradictions antj-anthropocentric biocentrism.

The Jaina tradition exists in tandem with Hinduism and shares many of its biocentric elements. Buddhism teaches that “once we treat nature as our friend, to cherish it, then we can see the need to change from the attitude of dominating nature anti-anthropocentdic an attitude of working with nature—we are an intrinsic part of all existence rather than seeing ourselves as in control of it.

Brahman God is the “efficient cause” and Prakrti natureis the “material cause” of the anti-anthropocetnric. Watson – – Environmental Ethics 5 3: