The liberation of humanity and nature

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Abstract

What does the 'liberation' of nature mean? In this essay, I use a pragmatic methodology to (1) reject the idea that we need a metaphysical understanding of the nature of nature before we can speak of nature's liberation, and (2) explain the sense of liberation as being the continuation of human non-interference in natural processes. Two real life policy cases are cited as examples: beach restoration on Fire Island and rock climbing in designated wilderness areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-405
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental Values
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2002

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Philosophy

Keywords

  • Domination
  • Environmental policy
  • Environmental pragmatism
  • Liberation
  • Nature

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