Sharing the Earth: A Biocentric Account of Ecological Justice

Anna Wienhues

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Although ethical and justice arguments operate in two distinct levels—justice being a more specific concept—they can easily be conflated. A robust justification of ecological justice (justice to nature) requires starting at the roots of justice, rather than merely giving, for example, an argument for why certain non-human beings have moral standing of some kind. Thus, I propose that a theory of ecological justice can benefit from a four-step justification for the inclusion of non-human beings into the community of justice, starting with Hume’s circumstances of justice. I will further argue that the resulting theory of ecological justice should be biocentric—meaning that all living beings should be included into the community of justice, as they constitute a ‘community of fate’.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics
Issue number3
Early online date30 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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