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An Alternative To Anthropocentrism: Deep Ecology And The Metaphysical Turn

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Deep ecology is a branch of philosophy which asks 'deeper questions' concerning our relationship to the environment. Anthropocentrism is regarded by deep ecologists not merely in its literal sense as 'human centredness' but as the view that humanity has been conditioned to regard itself as a superior species. Deep ecologists have sought to focus on criticising 'the dominant worldview' which sees human centredness as the underlying cause of the ecological crisis. In 2001, the United States attacked Afghanistan in retaliation for the destruction of the World Trade Centre, believed to be initiated by Al Qaeda. Anthropocentrism is problematic equally for the non-human world. The attitude of domination is responsible for the harm done to the non-human world, based, as it is, on a view of human beings as distinct isolated subjects.

Keywords: Afghanistan; anthropocentrism; deep ecology



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