Ecocentrism in Environmental Ethics


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Unlike ecocentrism, the _____ perspective places the most importance on human needs and interests.

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1. What is the difference between instrumental and intrinsic value in environmental ethics?

2. Aldo Leopold, often cited as one of the earliest ecocentrists, developed what concept in his 1949 book A Sand County Almanac?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

We've compiled this quiz and worksheet to help you test your knowledge of ecocentrism in environmental ethics. When you answer these questions, you'll face topics including intrinsic and instrumental value and the concept Aldo Leopold developed in his 1949 book.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Our quiz is a helpful way to see how well you know:

  • The perspective that views human interests and needs as the most important
  • Intrinsic vs. instrumental value in environmental ethics
  • What concept Aldo Leopold developed in A Sand County Almanac
  • What the ecocentric position risks becoming if it prizes the needs of the ecosystem above other needs
  • Which ecocentric theorist rejected the idea that value exists outside the human mind

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the perspective that places the greatest importance on human interests and needs
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on ecocentrism in environmental ethics, like a risk faced by the ecocentric position
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about which ecocentric theorist rejected the idea that value exists outside the human mind
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast intrinsic value and instrumental value

Additional Learning

If you'd like more information about this subject, take a look at our informative lesson called Ecocentrism in Environmental Ethics at any time. Once you complete this lesson, you should be ready to:

  • Detail where the supporting evidence for the ecocentrism ethic comes from
  • Outline a notable quote from Aldo Leopold
  • Name the theorist who built upon the original ideas of Leopold