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Is Nonanthropocentrism Anti-Democratic?

Mark Alan Michael

Environmental Values 29 (2020): 9-28. doi: 10.3197/096327119X15579936382563

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Environmental pragmatists such as Ben Minteer and Bryan Norton have argued that there is an anti-democratic strain to be found in the work of some nonanthropocentrists. I examine three possible sources of the pragmatists' concern: the claim that nonanthropocentrists know the political truth, the claim that those who disagree with their basic principle should be excluded from discussions of policy and the claim that their basic principle is self-evident. I argue here that none of these claims are objectionably anti-democratic when understood properly.


Pragmatism, nonanthropocentrism, democracy, political truth, self-evident truths

REFERENCES to other Environmental Values articles

Silencing Philosophers: Minteer and the Foundations of Anti-foundationalism. J. Baird Callicott

No Experience Necessary? Foundationalism and the Retreat from Culture in Environmental Ethics. Ben A. Minteer

Saving Nature, Feeding People, and the Foundations of Ethics. Holmes Rolston, III

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Editorial: The Ethics of Human Intervention on Behalf of 'Others'. Claudia Carter

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