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The Trouble with Anthropocentric Hubris, with Examples from Conservation

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Earth and Sustainability Science Research Centre (ESSRC), School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Level 5, Biological Sciences Building (D26) Kensington Campus, UNSW, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
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Department of Environmental and Life Sciences, Karlstad University, 65188 Karlstad, Sweden
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Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), Faculty of Landscape and Society, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), 1432 Ås, Norway
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Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Sognsveien 68, NO-0855 Oslo, Norway
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Newcastle Business School, University of Northumbria, Newcastle NE1 8ST, UK
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Nottingham Trent University, School of Arts and Humanities, Room 332 MAE, Nottingham NG11 8NS, UK
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Academic Editor: Michael Getzner
Received: 2 September 2021 / Revised: 28 September 2021 / Accepted: 29 September 2021 / Published: 1 October 2021
Anthropocentrism in Western (modern industrial) society is dominant, goes back hundreds of years, and can rightly be called ‘hubris’. It removes almost all moral standing from the nonhuman world, seeing it purely as a resource. Here, we discuss the troubling components of anthropocentrism: worldview and ethics; dualisms, valuation and values; a psychology of fear and denial; and the idea of philosophical ‘ownership’. We also question whether it is a truly practical (or ethical) approach. We then discuss three troubling examples of anthropocentrism in conservation: ‘new’ conservation; ecosystem services; and the IPBES values assessment. We conclude that anthropocentrism is fuelling the environmental crisis and accelerating extinction, and urge academia to speak out instead for ecocentrism. View Full-Text
Keywords: anthropocentrism; hubris; ecocentrism; conservation; human supremacy; worldview; denial; ethics; ownership; practicality anthropocentrism; hubris; ecocentrism; conservation; human supremacy; worldview; denial; ethics; ownership; practicality
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Washington, H.; Piccolo, J.; Gomez-Baggethun, E.; Kopnina, H.; Alberro, H. The Trouble with Anthropocentric Hubris, with Examples from Conservation. Conservation 2021, 1, 285-298. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/conservation1040022

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Washington H, Piccolo J, Gomez-Baggethun E, Kopnina H, Alberro H. The Trouble with Anthropocentric Hubris, with Examples from Conservation. Conservation. 2021; 1(4):285-298. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/conservation1040022

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Washington, Haydn, John Piccolo, Erik Gomez-Baggethun, Helen Kopnina, and Heather Alberro. 2021. "The Trouble with Anthropocentric Hubris, with Examples from Conservation" Conservation 1, no. 4: 285-298. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/conservation1040022

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