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biocentrism Syllabification: bi·o·cen·trism
Pronunciation: /ˌbīōˈsentrizəm/

Definition of biocentrism in English:


The view or belief that the rights and needs of humans are not more important than those of other living things.
Example sentences
  • Accordingly, environmental philosophers have spent the last thirty or so years pursuing various forms of nonanthropocentrism, including biocentrism and ecocentrism.
  • It is loosely knit somewhat international movement of different groups and individuals who subscribe to the philosophy of biocentrism - that biology must be at the center of concerns as environmental activists.
  • Even Dear argues for the overriding importance of biocentrism.



Example sentences
  • But how, they ask, in this society where rules about human behavior and morality come from the laws of the jungle where aggressive competition is deeply ingrained from kindergarten, can we survive and prosper with a biocentric outlook?
  • A biocentric planetary religion that promotes ecological ethics would be ideal but I do not envision such an innovation until it is too late.
  • One of the high points for me was the discussion of anthropocentric vs. biocentric perspectives in Chapter 5; the arguments and examples presented here were enlightening.


Example sentences
  • Lanza proposes a biocentrist theory which ascribes the answer to the observer rather than the observed.
  • Left biocentrists are concerned with social justice and class issues, but within a context of ecology.
  • And at that point he will have conceded the core truth of the biocentrist and wise anthropocentrist position.

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