Definition of anthropocentric in English:



  • Regarding humankind as the central or most important element of existence, especially as opposed to God or animals.

    ‘when we assess animal intelligence we tend to take a very anthropocentric view’
    • ‘He sees all species as collectively embraced by an environmental ethic that is anthropocentric.’
    • ‘If we forget that, we fall into anthropocentric arrogance.’
    • ‘Some depictions of heaven are strongly theocentric, portraying the blessed as caught up in an endless rapture of adoration; others are sociable and anthropocentric.’
    • ‘For what believer doesn't have the sense that her view of God is too simple, too anthropocentric, too indulgent?’
    • ‘People, in their baldly anthropocentric way, experience rivers as obstacles, food sources, transportation devices, and beasts of burden.’
    • ‘We turn ‘place’ into ‘land’ in the simple act of naming, revealing our anthropocentric impulse to qualify our surroundings based on their value for human use and consumption.’
    • ‘We can't afford to take an essentially anthropocentric, short-term view of the future.’
    • ‘A less anthropocentric view, however, might be that no life form alive today could survive if it were forced to compete head-to-head with all the microbes it meets.’
    • ‘It would be inappropriately anthropocentric to imagine that the entire universe resembles our little piece of it.’
    • ‘As such it is an anthropocentric philosophy in which it is accepted that the environment is instrumental in the fulfilment of human desires, and the importance of the environment can be justified in terms of what it can provide for humans.’
    • ‘For Rolston, this ethic should not focus on the way that the Earth is valuable from an anthropocentric perspective, which may entail seeing it only as a resource, as a means to human ends.’
    • ‘And even in the presence of conscious cyborgs, it seems that ethics hardly steps aside from its anthropocentric tradition.’
    • ‘The perspective is decidedly anthropocentric, a criticism that has been frequently levelled even at Richard Dawkins.’
    • ‘This is an artificial distinction and reflects our anthropocentric viewpoint; however, in the past the invertebrates were regarded as a formal taxonomic group of high rank.’
    • ‘As such, Yellowstone reflects ‘the limitations and illusory power of nature preservation in a commodity-driven, anthropocentric culture’.’
    • ‘From an anthropocentric view in which we see our species as the ultimate achievement of evolution, other species look somewhat ‘incomplete’.’
    • ‘This leads the Stoics to a very anthropocentric view of the world, in which grain, olives and vines are for us to consume, sheep for clothing us with their fleeces, oxen for pulling our ploughs and so forth.’
    • ‘This is an anthropocentric approach, and implies equity between generations, although it doesn't call for it in the present.’
    • ‘Clearly such a value - system is still anthropocentric.’
    • ‘Generally, anthropocentric positions find it problematic to articulate what is wrong with the cruel treatment of nonhuman animals, except to the extent that such treatment may lead to bad consequences for human beings.’