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Balancing Political and Ecological Values

WithNiraja Gopal Jayal

This account makes the case for a closer examination of the view that the anthropocentric ethic is adequately accommodative of human interests and the assumption, following from this, that it is capable of accommodating specifically political values such as justice and rights. Some contradictions between ecological values and political values are identified, and ways of reconciling these are explored. The third world provides the most obvious exemplar of how environmental impacts are often inequitably distributed. The case of official conservationist policy in India illustrates this. Human specificities need to be worked into any adequate anthropocentric ethic.