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Environmental Ethics

Volume 28, Issue 2, Summer 2006

Victoria Davion
Pages 115-128

Itch Scratching, Patio Building, and Pesky Flies
Biocentric Individualism Revisted

Biocentric individualism, the position that all life has intrinsic value, is of no practical help in policy-making contexts. Examples commonly used in discussions of biocentric individualism are themselves alienating and threaten to make environmental philosophy appear irrelevant to policy decisions. Hence, both biocentric individualism and typical discussions of it are problematic for those wishing to make environmental philosophy useful in policy. A recent article by Jason Kawall, in which he attempts to defend biocentric individualism, demonstrates these points.

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