The Others: How Animals Made Us Human / Edition 1

The Others: How Animals Made Us Human / Edition 1

by Paul Shepard
     
 

<p>Paul Shepard has been one of the most brilliant and original thinkers in the field of human evolution and ecology for more than forty years. His thought-provoking ideas on the role of animals in human thought, dreams, personal identity, and other psychological and religious contexts have been presented in a series of seminal writings, including Thinking Animals,… See more details below

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<p>Paul Shepard has been one of the most brilliant and original thinkers in the field of human evolution and ecology for more than forty years. His thought-provoking ideas on the role of animals in human thought, dreams, personal identity, and other psychological and religious contexts have been presented in a series of seminal writings, including Thinking Animals, The Tender Carnivore and the Sacred Game, and now The Others, his most eloquent book to date.<p>The Others is a fascinating and wide-ranging examination of how diverse cultures have thought about, reacted to, and interacted with animals. Shepard argues that humans evolved watching other animal species, participating in their world, suffering them as parasites, wearing their feathers and skins, and making tools of their bones and antlers. For millennia, we have communicated their significance by dancing, sculpting, performing, imaging, narrating, and thinking them. The human species cannot be fully itself without these others.<p>Shepard considers animals as others in a world where otherness of all kinds is in danger, and in which otherness is essential to the discovery of the true self. We must understand what to make of our encounters with animals, because as we prosper they vanish, and ultimately our prosperity may amount to nothing without them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559634342
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Edition description:
1
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,087,287
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Encounter3
Pt. IThe Animal Fare
1The Ecological Doorway to Symbolic Thought15
2The Swallow28
Pt. IICognition
3The Skills of Cognition: Pigeonholes, Dinosaurs, and Hobbyhorses43
4Savanna Dreaming: The Fox at the Fringe of the Field58
Pt. IIIIdentity
5The Self as Menagerie71
6Aping the Others81
7The Ecology of Narration90
8Membership99
Pt. IVChange
9The Masters of Transformation117
10Heads, Faces, and Masks127
11The Pet World140
12The Gift of Music153
13Ontogeny Revisited: Teddy, Pooh, Paddington, Yogi, and Smokey167
Pt. VThe Cosmos
14The Meaning of Dragons and Why the Gods Ride on Animals175
15Augury and Holograms195
16Bovine Epiphanies: Fecundity and Power205
17Lying Down with Lambs and Lions in the Christian Zoo222
18Hounding Nature: The Nightmares of Domestication243
Pt. VICounterplayers
19The Miss Muffet Syndrome: Fearing Animals271
20Cuckoo Clocks and Bluebirds of Happiness: Animals as Machines278
21The Great Interspecies Confusion284
22Final Animals and Economic Imperatives291
23Rights and Kindness: A Can of Worms304
24The Many and the Fuzzy: Plurality and Ambiguity321
Notes335
Acknowledgments357
Index359

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