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“Living Well Rather Than Living Better”

Measuring Biocentric Human-Nature Rights and Human–Nature Development in Ecuador

Johannes M. Waldmüller

Drawing on the first attempt worldwide to implement human rights indicators at the national level in Ecuador (2009–2014), as well as on a critical review of the uneasy relationship between human rights and human development discourses, this article calls into question the prefix “human” in contemporary human development and human rights thinking. By alternating case study and reflection, it argues that a systemic and biocentric focus on human–nature relationships, extending the concepts of capabilities and functionings to ecosystems and human–nature interactions, is important for designing adequate tools for human–nature development, monitoring and for moving beyond ascribing merely instrumental value to nature. In order to shift the common understanding of human rights and human development from anthropocentric frameworks toward a more realistic biocentric focus, a focus on life as such is proposed, including inherent moments of arising and passing that express the necessary limitations to all human conduct and striving.

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Olusegun Steven Samuel and Ademola Kazeem Fayemi

. and O. S. Samuel . 2014 . ‘ African versus the West on Reparation ’, Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice 26 ( 3 ): 380 – 387 . doi: 10.1080/10402659.2014.937997 . 10.1080/10402659.2014.937997 Horsthemke , K. 2017 . ‘ Biocentrism

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Hebrew Dystopias

From National Catastrophes to Ecological Disasters

Netta Bar Yosef-Paz

, things both animate and inanimate. This fictional Jeremiah sees a unity in all living and non-living entities of the world and laments the harm done to any of them and the anguish they endure. The underlying theme he expresses is biocentrism, or deep

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Elemental Imagination and Film Experience

Climate Change and the Cinematic Ethics of Immersive Filmworlds

Ludo de Roo

, the ethical aspect of this elemental imagination needs more illumination. To start with, Sam Mickey suggests how elemental imagination helps us to escape a persistent debate in environmental ethics, which is the question of anthropocentrism and eco/biocentrism