"The Liberation of Humanity and Nature"

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Environmental Values (journal)

Katz, Eric. “The Liberation of Humanity and Nature.” Environmental Values 11, no. 4 (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.

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