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n. 1 An ethical viewpoint that extends inherent value to all non-human life, regardless of its sentience. 2 A cosmological theory proposed in 2007 by American scientist Robert Lanza. In this view, life and biology are central to being, reality, and the cosmos — life creates the universe rather than the other way around.

Biocentrism (ethics)

Biocentrism (from Greek βίος bios, "life" and κέντρον kentron, "center"), in a political and ecological sense, is an ethical point of view that extends inherent value to all living things. It is an understanding of how the earth works, particularly as it relates to biodiversity. It stands in contrast to anthropocentrism, which centers on the value of humans. They contradict each other. The related ecocentrism extends inherent value to the whole of nature, while zoocentrism limits it specifically to animals.

Biocentrism does not imply the idea of equality among the animal kingdom, for no such notion can be observed in nature. Biocentric thought is nature based, not human based.

Advocates of biocentrism often promote the preservation of biodiversity, animal rights, and environmental protection. The term has also been employed by advocates of " left biocentrism", which combines deep ecology with an " anti-industrial and anti-capitalist" position (according to David Ortonet al.).


Biocentrism or biocentric may refer to:

  • Biocentrism (ethics), a political or ethical stance which asserts the value of non-human life in nature
  • Biocentric universe, a concept proposed by Robert Lanza that argues biology should replace physics as the foundational science in our understanding of the universe

Usage examples of "biocentrism".

It is the radical end to all egocentrism, all geocentrism, all biocentrism, all sociocentrism, all theocentrism, because it is the radical end of all centrisms, period.