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The American integral philosopher Ken Wilber uses the term worldcentric to describe an advanced stage of ethical development. This involves a broadening of the spiritual horizon through the formulation of a transpersonal ethic in which we do not only desire the best for all people but for all living beings. It is this aspect where worldcentrism is viewed as an expansion of sociocentrism where one focuses beyond self-needs to also extend care about the group, community, and society. The idea is that worldcentrism situates the positive aspects of egocentrism and sociocentrism in a larger context of concern so that consideration does not only include one's self or one's people but all peoples and all beings. Synonyms of worldcentric include global and planetary.
There are also worldcentrists who maintain that living beings engage in autopoiesis (self-making, self-producing, and self-repairing), which renders these beings as ends-in-themselves and of equal ground value, in addition to whatever extrinsic or intrinsic value they possess.
Wilber also sometimes refers to an ethical stage that is beyond the worldcentric, which he calls kosmocentric. In a kosmocentric awareness, one experiences a release of attachments of the gross realm and a radical recognition of evolutionary processes so that an individual is compassionately called to action and becomes capable of letting the gravity of outcomes go. Wilber used to associate these advanced ethical stages with mystical states, but since 2002 he has associated these advanced ethical stages with the development of complexity in the self-related lines of identity, studied by Susanne Cook-Greuter. (See "Integral Spirituality," Ken Wilber; See also "Transcendence and Mature Thought in Adulthood," Susanne Cook-Greuter.)
- Biocentrism (ethics)
- Cosmopolitan democracy
- Democratic mundialization
- Global citizenship
- Global Citizens Movement
- Global justice
- World city
- World government
- Visser, Frank (2003). Ken Wilber: Thought as Passion. New York: State University of New York Press. p. 226. ISBN 0791458156.
- Esbjorn-Hargens, Sean; Zimmerman, Michael (2011). Integral Ecology: Uniting Multiple Perspectives on the Natural World. Boulder, Colorado: Shambhala Publications. p. 403. ISBN 9780834824461.
- Dea, Willow (2010). Igniting Brilliance: Integral Education for the 21st Century. Tucson, AZ: Integral Publishers LLC. p. 240. ISBN 9781450722247.
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