Wilderness as Freedom

25 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2014

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Carter Dillard

Uehiro Centre, University of Oxford ; University of Oxford - Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics

Date Written: February 12, 2014

Abstract

This essay reconceptualizes freedom in a way that unifies political liberalism and environmentalism, pointing the proponents of both movements toward the shared value of humans being literally free from each other's influence, which is a necessary condition for truly consensual political association. More specifically, this essay promotes states 1) adhering to and fostering a particular fundamental political culture grounded in consent, 2) recognizing access to local wilderness and complete biodiversity as a fundamental human right, and 3) abandoning the myth of familial privacy in favor of a limited right to have children that furthers the interests of the collective.

Keywords: environmentalism, freedom, human rights, reproduction, political, liberalism

Suggested Citation

Dillard, Carter, Wilderness as Freedom (February 12, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2394655 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2394655

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University of Oxford - Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics ( email )

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