Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Ethics and Policy Studies

First Committee Member

Barbara Brents

Number of Pages



When the environmental movement began to surge in the 1960s, concerns were raised over the prospects of the U.S. population growing to an unsustainable level and causing irreparable harm to the environment and our quality of life. Unfortunately, population growth has not been given the priority it deserves not because it is not an important issue, but because of our failure to view population growth, and all environmental issues, from a biocentric outlook. It is this paradigm shift towards biocentrism that we as moral agents should be making and which will subsequently cause us to view population growth in a new way. This argument is made by illuminating the inadequacies of the traditional anthropocentric ways of defining environmental issues, and then presenting and defending the biocentric ethics that we should use to supplement our traditional outlook on our place in the environment and how we treat it and its nonhuman inhabitants.


Addressing; Biocentric; Environmental; Ethics; Growth; Perspective; Policies; Population; United States

Controlled Subject

Political science; Demography; Environmental sciences

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4505.6 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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