Anthropocentrism is a charge of human chauvinism and an acknowledgement of human ontological boundaries. Anthropocentrism has provided order and structure to humans understanding of the world, while unavoidably expressing the limits of that understanding. This collection explores the assumptions behind the label anthropocentrism, critically enquiring into the meaning of human . Anthropocentrism: Human, Animals, Environments addresses the epistemological and ontological problems of charges of anthropocentrism, questioning whether all human views are inherently anthropocentric.
In addition, it examines the potential scope for objective, empathetic, relational, or other views that trump anthropocentrism. With a principal focus on ethical questions concerning animals, the environment and the social, the essays ultimately cohere around the question of the non-human, be it animal, ecosystem, god, or machine.
Introduction The End of Anthropocentrism
ONTOLOGICAL AND EPISTEMOLOGICAL INVESTIGATIONS
Chapter One What is this Quintessence of Dust? The Concept of the ‘Human’ and its Origins
Chapter Two The View from Somewhere: Anthropocentrism in Metaethics
Kevin M DeLapp
Chapter Three The Making of the Human: Anthropocentrism in Modern Social Thought
Chapter Four Toward a Non-Anthropocentric Cosmopolitanism
RELIGION, SOCIETY, CULTURE
Chapter Five Anthropocentrism and the Medieval Problem of Religious Language
Chapter Six Vitruvian Man is a Pterosaur: Notes on the Trans-formation of an Architectural Ideal
Paula Young Lee
Chapter Seven Modernity as Anthropolarity: The Human Economy of Frankenstein
Chapter Eight Anthropocentrism and the Definition of ‘Culture’ as a Marker of the Human/Animal Divide
SPECIESISM AND THE STATUS OF ANIMALS
Chapter Nine Are Animals Poor in the World? A Critique of Heidegger’s Anthropocentrism
Chapter Ten Speciesism as a Variety of Anthropocentrism
Chapter Eleven The Instrumentalisation of Horses in Nineteenth-Century Paris
Chapter Twelve Anthropomorphism and the Animal Subject
HUMAN AND NON-HUMAN ENVIRONMENTS
Chapter Thirteen Social History, Religion and Technology: An Interdisciplinary Investigation into White’s ‘Roots’
Chapter Fourteen An Alternative to Anthropocentrism: Deep Ecology and the Metaphysical Turn
Eccy de Jonge
Chapter Fifteen Anthropocentrism and Reason in Dialectic of Enlightenment: Environmental Crisis and Animal Subject
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Rob Boddice, Ph.D. (2006) in History, University of York, is a member of the Sonderforschungsbereich 640 at Humboldt University, Berlin. He has published widely in the history of human-animal relations, most recently Vivisecting Major, Isis, 101 (2011).