last of capitalism - Anthropocentrism P1

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University of Toronto St. George
School of Environment
Mairi Mac Donald

Thursday February 17, 2011 Prof. MacDonald ENV222H1S Capitalism - cont efficiency vs equity - two dominant themes efficiency: how well we function equity: a more equitable way to function The Palgrave Reading identity based on consumption moving down from the bourgeois notion of consumption moving down until it comes all the way down prof: skeptical that identity is a variable - motivational factor whether the loss of identity from years ago is still valid is up for debate ANTHROPOCENTRISM Intriguing: the real problem are these deep seeded views of the world unexamined assumptions that are therefore a problem bc they are unexamined anthropocentrism: two separate components the separation from the human and the non-human the domination of the non-human deep ecology: is it possible for us to escape an anthropocentric view? do all species have a self-interested view of the world? (do they all think that the universe revolves only around them?) the definition of the environment is that which is outside of yourself self-interest is very important to me Illustration of the concept of separation vs domination excerpt from an Arthur Ransome story Winter Holiday: the idea of human nomination of nature looking at the stars and contemplating the idea that we are smaller than the universe brings about the idea that we are dominated by nature he is no longer subject to nature
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