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Preservation Versus the People?: Nature, Humanity, and Political Philosophy

Mathew Humphrey


Environmental political philosophy has generally been framed around the differing axiologies of ecocentrism (nature‐centred) and anthropocentric (human‐centred) forms of ethics. This book seeks to challenge the political relevance of this philosophical dispute with respect to the problem of nature preservation as public policy. A detailed analysis of the philosophical underpinnings of both ecocentric and ‘ecological humanist’ positions shows that the ‘embedded humanism’ within ecocentric arguments offers an opportunity to move beyond the ecocentric‐anthropocentric divide. Furthermore, a princi ... More

Keywords: anthropocentrism, ecocentrism, ecological humanism, environment, ethics, irreplaceability, natural goods, nature, political philosophy, public policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199242672
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199242674.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mathew Humphrey, author
Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Nottingham
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