Unsettling anthropocentrism

Eileen Crist, Helen Kopnina
  • Dialectical Anthropology, November 2014, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1007/s10624-014-9362-1

Anthropocentrism (human-centerdness) critique

What is it about?

This paper provides a brief critique of anthropocentrism and introduces the papers of the special theme issue on “non-anthropocentric conceptions of nature.

Why is it important?

Questioning anthropocentrism is far more than an academic exercise of debating the dominant cultural motif of placing humans at the center of material and ethical concerns.

Perspectives

Dr Helen Kopnina
The Hague University of Applied Sciences

What does it mean to position anthropos in the center? Questioning anthropocentrism is far more than an academic exercise of debating the dominant cultural motif of placing humans at the center of material and ethical concerns. It is a fertile way of shifting the focus of attention away from the problem-symptoms of our time (be these symptoms as far-reaching as rapid climate change or as inconvenient as “just” jellyfish jamming the machine) to the investigation of root causes. And certainly the dominant beliefs, values, and attitudes guiding human action constitute a significant driver of the pressing problems of our day.

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