Biocentrism in Ethics

Biocentrism in Ethics elements can be found in several religious traditions, it was not until the late decades of the 20th century that philosophical ethics in the Western tradition addressed the topic in a systematic manner. It is an understanding of how the earth works, particularly as it relates to biodiversity. It stands in contrast to anthropocentrism, which centers on the value of humans. Biocentrism encompasses all environmental ethics that “extend the status of moral object from human beings to all living things in nature.”  Biocentrism Ethics calls for a rethinking of the relationship between humans and nature.

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