The Ecological Citizen

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The twilight of anthropocentrism

John Michael Greer

The Ecological Citizen Vol 1 No 1 2017: 75–82

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First published: 1 July 2017  |  Permanent URL  |  Download citation in RIS format


This article examines the common ground and contrasts between the non-anthropocentric outlooks of horror–fantasy writer HP Lovecraft and poet Robinson Jeffers. Within this scope, the author considers how indifferentism, inhumanism and nihilism have been presented as alternatives to religious or secular anthropocentrism. After cautioning that a reversion to ethnocentrism is one potential route following the rejection of anthropocentrism, the author presents ecocentrism as another possible course. The fact that a leap from ethnocentrism to anthropocentrism was made with some degree of success by a great many people in the past is presented as suggesting that a general embrace of ecocentrism is at least possible.



Anthropocentrism, Ethnocentrism, Indifferentism, Inhumanism, Nihilism