Single Idea 22881

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 13. Green Politics]

Full Idea

There is a long-running debate between anthropo-centrists and eco-centrists. The latter believe that humans must protect environmental systems because they have intrinsic value; the former argue that human interests are the root of all value.

Gist of Idea

Should we value environmental systems for human benefit, or for their own sake?


David Hildebrand (Dewey [2008], 8 'Environ')

Book Reference

Hildebrand,David: 'Dewey' [One World 2008], p.210

A Reaction

How many tigers would you kill to save a human life? Would you allow a human to die in order to save a species from extinction? It is very hard to think that the Earth has great value if humans are removed from it!