Ideas from 'Dewey' by David Hildebrand [2008], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Dewey' by Hildebrand,David [One World 2008,978-1-85168-580-6]].

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24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 13. Green Politics
Should we value environmental systems for human benefit, or for their own sake?
                        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.
                        From: David Hildebrand (Dewey [2008], 8 'Environ')
                        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!