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Ethics for Wildlife Conservation: Overcoming the Human–Nature Dualism

BARBARA PATERSON
BioScience
Vol. 56, No. 2 (February 2006), pp. 144-150
DOI: 10.1641/0006-3568(2006)056[0144:efwcot]2.0.co;2
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1641/0006-3568(2006)056[0144:efwcot]2.0.co;2
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Abstract

AbstractThis article contrasts the instrumental-value approach, extensionist approach, and biocentric approach to environmental ethics with the Buddhist approach of Daisaku Ikeda in terms of their meaning for wildlife conservation. I argue that both anthropocentric and biocentric approaches create a false dichotomy between humans and nature and are not helpful to modern wildlife conservation, which aims to balance the needs of people with the conservation of nature. The views of Daisaku Ikeda, in particular the principle of dependent origination and the theory of the oneness of life and its environment, constitute one alternative approach that does not separate humans from the natural world but places people within the web of all living things.

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