The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 1, 1999


Gunnar Skirbekk
Pages 95-106

Discourse-Ethical Gradualism
Beyond Anthropocentrism and Biocentrism?

My question is the following: to what extent is ethical anthropocentrism tenable? In a “discourse ethical” perspective I will consider some case-oriented arguments in favor of a paradigmatically unique ethical standing for humans and some arguments in favor of an ethical gradualism between humans and other mammals and between humans and nature, ending with a conclusion in favor of a fair treatment of all moral subjects, human and non-human.

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