Animals and Nature: Cultural Myths, Cultural Realities

Animals and Nature: Cultural Myths, Cultural Realities

by Rod Preece
     
 

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In this provocative book, Rod Preece takes issue with the popular view that the Western cultural tradition, in contrast to Eastern and Native American traditions, has encouraged attitudes of domination and exploitation towards nature, particularly animals. He argues that the much maligned Western tradition has more to commend it than is customarily recognized, and…  See more details below

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In this provocative book, Rod Preece takes issue with the popular view that the Western cultural tradition, in contrast to Eastern and Native American traditions, has encouraged attitudes of domination and exploitation towards nature, particularly animals. He argues that the much maligned Western tradition has more to commend it than is customarily recognized, and that the Native and Oriental orientations to animals and nature have often been described in a misleadingly rosy hue.

The result of six years' intensive research into comparative religion, literature, philosophy, anthropology, mythology, ethology, and animal welfare science, Animals and Nature is a welcome contribution to the debate about our place in the natural world.

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Preece (political science, Wilfrid Laurier U.) takes issue with the popular but simplistic view that the Western cultural tradition has encouraged attitudes of domination and exploitation toward the natural world, particularly animals. He contends that Western tradition has far more to commend it than is customarily recognized, and that the much-vaunted Oriental and Aboriginal orientations to animals and nature have been habitually described in a misleadingly rosy hue. He concludes that both the West and the Oriental and Aboriginal worlds have much to learn from one another. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780774807241
Publisher:
University of British Columbia Press
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.18(d)
Lexile:
1430L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

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