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The Death of the Ethic of Life

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2020.04.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Basl, The Death of the Ethic of Life, Oxford University Press, 2019, 207pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190923877. Reviewed by Kent Dunnington, Biola University Which beings have intrinsic moral value is a central question in environmental ethics. Four answers to the question are on offer. The narrowest answer, anthropocentrism, holds that humans are the only beings with intrinsic value. If anthropocentrism is true, then our decisions about how to treat non-human beings will be constrained only by considerations about how their treatment bears on human interests. The second answer, sentientism, broadens the range of intrinsic moral value to include all sentient beings. Peter Singer has famously and influentially argued for this view. The third answer, biocentrism, attributes intrinsic moral value to all living organisms, including nonsentient ones. The broadest answer, holism, extends the range of intrinsic moral value beyond living organisms to include certain collections of individuals,... Read More

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