Biocentrism

Humphreys, Rebekah (2014) Biocentrism. Springer, Encyclopedia of Bioethics.

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Abstract

The orthodox approach to the environment and its inhabitants is deemed to be anthropocentric in that it recognises the moral standing of human beings alone, and as such other beings are given at the most indirect moral consideration when their interests conflict with the interests of humans. However, many global environmental problems and worldwide practices directly affect not just human beings but many other creatures too. In the light of this, the anthropocentric approach has been accused by some philosophers of being too narrowly focused on human interests to creditably account for the true extent of our moral obligations. This article provides a conceptual outline of biocentrism as an alterative approach to ethics; one which widens the moral scope to include all living beings as candidates deserving of moral consideration. The article also discusses how this approach might be applied to contemporary ethical issues which are international in their dimension, including environmental issues, as well as issues concerning our use of animals in worldwide human practices.

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biocentrism, environmental ethics, interests, animals, humans, global warming, climate change, Animal Ethics, Animal Research, Animal Welfare, Anthropocentrism, Applied Ethics, Benefit and Harm, Bioethics: Environmental, Bioethics: Global, Biosphere, Conflict of Interest, Ecocentrism, Environmental Ethics, Ethics, Experimentation, Exploitation, Food Ethics, Genetic Modification (GMOs): Animals, Moral Status, Pain, Quality of Life, Research: Animals, Suffering, Utilitarianism, Values, Welfare, World Ethics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > SK Hunting sports
Divisions: Faculties > Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Rebekah Humphreys
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2018 09:47
Last Modified: 03 May 2018 08:09
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/892

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