This summer David Schwartz, a philosophy professor and the Mary Frances Williams Professor of Humanities, conducted research on the Oostvaardersplassen nature preserve and other rewilding sites in the Netherlands and Germany and wrote about his experiences in an article for the Rewilding Institute.
The trip and his research were part of Schwartz’s larger project, which delves into the philosophy and ethics of rewilding, an environmental practice that aims to restore ecosystems damaged through human development. In addition to his field work this summer, he studied rewilding while on sabbatical in New Mexico in 2017. Schwartz is also a member of the Rewilding Institute’s Rewilding Leadership Council.
Schwartz plans to write a series of philosophical essays about his European experiences for publication by the Rewilding Institute. Read the first one about the Oostvaardersplassen nature preserve here.