chapter  3
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Conflicting values

Anthropocentric, biocentric and ecocentric ethics
With Franks Benjamin , Hanscomb Stuart , Johnston Sean F.

The ethical reasoning introduced in Chapter 2 may contrast with our personal environmental concerns and actions: often impassioned but impressionistic and inconsistently applied. Moral values – for individuals, communities and entire societies – can evolve to become more consistent over time. How, then, have such heartfelt ethical sensitivities come to be expressed, extended and employed systematically to motivate corrective actions?