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The End Of Anthropocentrism

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This book is about the termination of anthropocentrism in ethics, politics, and throughout a range of academic disciplines. It is also, paradoxically and unapologetically, about the point of anthropocentrism, its ineluctability, and its usefulness. Anthropocentrism is expressed either as a charge of human chauvinism, or as an acknowledgement of human ontological boundaries. It is in tension with nature, the environment and non-human animals. This collection of essays explores the assumptions behind the label 'anthropocentrism', specifically aiming critically to enquire into presuppositions about the meaning of 'human'. The book looks fundamentally to understand what is anthropos in anthropocentrism. With a principal focus on ethical questions concerning animals, the environment and the social, the essays ultimately cohere around the question of the non-human, be it an animal, an ecosystem, a god, or a machine.

Keywords: anthropocentrism; human chauvinism; non-human animals



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