The Last Man Argument Revisited
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Routley’s term “chauvinism” is synonymous with what today is called “anthropocentrism”. If nature has some non-instrumental value then the traditional...
[t]he last man (or person) surviving the collapse of the world system lays about him, eliminating, as far as he can, every living thing, animal or plant (but painlessly if you like, as at the best abattoirs). What he does is quite permissible according to basic chauvinism, but on environmental grounds what he does is wrong.2