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The Liberation of Humanity and Nature

Eric Katz

Environmental Values 11(2002): 397-405. doi: 10.3197/096327102129341145

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.


KEYWORDS: Domination, environmental policy, environmental pragmatism, liberation, nature

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles:

Listening to the Birds: A Pragmatic Proposal for Forestry. Nicole Klenk

Naturalness or Biodiversity: Negotiating the Dilemma of Intervention in Swedish Protected Area Management. Anders Steinwall


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