Environmental Ethics

Volume 43, Issue 2, Summer 2021

Jorge TorresOrcid-ID
Pages 119-141

Plato’s Anthropocentrism Reconsidered

Plato’s ideas on the value of nature and humankind are reconsidered. The traditional suggestion that his thought is ethically anthropocentric is rejected. Instead “Ethical Ratiocentrism” (ER) is the environmental worldview found in the dialogues. According to ER, human life is not intrinsically valuable, but only rational life is. ER is consistent with Plato’s holistic axiological outlook but incompatible with ethical anthropocentrism.