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Preservation Versus the People?Nature, Humanity, and Political Philosophy$
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Mathew Humphrey

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242672

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199242674.001.0001

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The Foundations of Ecocentrism

The Foundations of Ecocentrism

(p.17) 1 The Foundations of Ecocentrism
Preservation Versus the People?

Mathew Humphrey (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter explores the philosophical foundations of ecocentrism, in particular its ontology. It explores the idea of a unity of humanity and nature and the proposition that ecological ‘laws’ should inform human morality. Does the quality of autopoiesis endow that natural world with intrinsic value? Can ecocentric principles offer guidance for human behaviour?

Keywords:   autopoiesis, ecocentrism, ecological, humanity, morality, nature, ontology

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