Suffering, Sentientism, and Sustainability: An Analysis of a Non-Anthropocentric Moral Framework for Climate Ethics

Humphreys, Rebekah (2020) Suffering, Sentientism, and Sustainability: An Analysis of a Non-Anthropocentric Moral Framework for Climate Ethics. In: Climate Change Ethics and the Non-human World. Routledge Taylor Francis Group, pp. 49-62. ISBN 9780367406103

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Abstract

In the light of the current environmental crisis, different approaches to mitigating climate change have been put forward, some more plausible than others. However, despite problems with anthropocentric approaches to global warming (whether these be weak or strong versions of the approach), it seems that because of the largely anthropocentric outlook of the Western world, an internationally united approach to mitigating climate change will (perhaps inevitably) come from human-centred values. But what are the long-term implications of this? Such values need to be at the very least challenged if we are interested in providing justifiable and sustainable solutions to the current crisis. Indeed, this paper will analyse sentientism as an alternative environmental ethic stance and will discuss why it provides a more plausible approach than anthropocentric ones whilst recognising where it falls short.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change, animals, environment, interests, biocentrism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities
Depositing User: Rebekah Humphreys
Date Deposited: 18 May 2020 10:12
Last Modified: 18 May 2020 10:12
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/1345

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