Title

On Moral Prioritization in Environmental Ethics: Weak Anthropocentrism for the City

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-15-2017

Publication Title

Environmental Ethics

Volume

39

Issue

2

First page number:

131

Last page number:

146

Abstract

Developing a way to address troublesome issues in areas such as urban planning is a chal-lenging undertaking. It includes making decisions that involve humans, nonhumans, future generations, and historical and cultural artifacts. All of these groups deserve consideration, but not equally. Figuring out how to approach this topic involves overcoming the problem of moral prioritization. The structure of weak anthropocentrism can help with this problem, suggesting that future research on the environmental aspects of metropolitan regions should make use of its applicability. Despite its strengths, weak anthropocentrism must be expanded to address complicated urban issues. A multitiered weak-anthropocentric measure, a “complex moral assessment,” is needed to address these concerns.

Disciplines

Ethics and Political Philosophy

Language

English

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