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Biocentrism and artificial life

Attfield, Robin 2012. Biocentrism and artificial life. Environmental Values 21 (1) , pp. 83-94. 10.3197/096327112X13225063228069

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Biocentrism maintains that all living creatures have moral standing, but need not claim that all have equal moral significance. This moral standing extends to organisms generated through human interventions, whether by conventional breeding, genetic engineering, or synthetic biology. Our responsibilities with regard to future generations seem relevant to non-human species as well as future human generations and their quality of life. Likewise the Precautionary Principle appears to raise objections to the generation of serious or irreversible changes to the quality of life of non-human species. Objections to the application of all this to new life-forms produced by synthetic biology are considered and addressed from a biocentric perspective. The bearing of biocentrism on religions is also considered, together with contrasting views about science, religion and the creation of life.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Uncontrolled Keywords: biocentrism; artificial life; future generations; precautionary principle; flourishing; religion; creation
Publisher: White Horse Press
ISSN: 0963-2719
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:48

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