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It is often said that anthropocentrism or dualist metaphysics is responsible for the destruction of the environment; however, essentialist thinking based on the law of identity is more responsible for the environmental problems. The solution of the problems lies in denying all forms of differentiation and center and shifting to a Daoist worldview in which all beings are ontologically related to and dependent on one another. We can find this in the ideas of Yi Chung-ik (1744~1816), a Korean philosopher from the Joseon dynasty.