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Environmental Ethics

Volume 17, Issue 2, Summer 1995

James P. Sterba
Pages 191-207

From Biocentric Individualism to Biocentric Pluralism

Drawing on and inspired by Paul Taylor’s Respect for Nature, I develop a view which I call “biocentric pluralism,” which, I claim, avoids the major criticisms that have been directed at Taylor’s account. In addition, I show that biocentric pluralism has certain advantages over biocentric utilitarianism (VanDeVeer) and concentric circle theories (Wenz and Callicott).