Redeeming anthropocentrism: Valuing non-reasoning creatures from within a reason-centered ethic
Ricchiazzi, David Frank
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This paper seeks to explore the merits of an environmental ethic proposed by Thomas Hill Jr, and then build upon it. I aim to show that a slightly different conception of anthropocentrism can allow for concern over the welfare of nonhuman life. After an examination of the merits of Hill's ethic, I survey several other environmental ethics and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. I then offer my own alternative, a combination of Hill and parts of the other theories I have examined. I will mainly use Hill's affect-based approach and Gary Varner's hierarchical scheme of interests to construct my own hierarchy based on the relevant moral attitudes we can have towards human and nonhuman life.