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Title: Anthropocentrism and Non-Anthropocentrism
Subtitle: Convergence and Common Ground
Author(s): ZHANG, Yunjie
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 29    Issue: 3   Date: 2022   
Pages: 355-387
DOI: 10.2143/EP.29.3.3291670

Abstract :
Environmental ethicists are divided on the question of what kind of value nature has. Anthropocentrists think it only has instrumental value while many Non-Anthropocentrists think it has intrinsic value. Their disagreement bears directly on what environmental policies and actions each group is willing to endorse. In this article, I develop a novel version of Anthropocentrism (Broad Anthropocentrism). I then argue that this version of Anthropocentrism exhibits a non-trivial degree of convergence with Non-Anthropocentrism on the question of how we morally ought to treat nature. I argue that these views exhibit a non-trivial amount of convergence on these questions because they agree that nature is very finally valuable.

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