The Tender Carnivore and the Sacred Game

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In what may be his boldest and most controversial book, Paul Shepard presents an account of human behavior and ecology in light of our past. In it, he contends that agriculture is responsible for our ecological decline and looks to the hunting and gathering lifestyle as a model more closely in tune with our essential nature. Shepard advocates affirming the profound and beautiful nature of the hunter and gatherer, redefining agriculture and combining technology with hunting and gathering to recover a livable environment and peaceful society.
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"Paul Shepard [is] an exceptionally clear thinker who is also a lucid and exhilarating writer. . . . His work is valuable but very urgent, shining in the sun like the tip of the vast iceberg of knowlege and reflection that supports it."--Peter Matthiessen
Library Journal
Published in 1982, 1973, and 1978, respectively, Shepard's titles employ animals in order to further the study of humans. His theories incorporate elements from nature as well as from mythology, literature, sociology, and numerous other concentrations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820319810
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336

Meet the Author


Paul Shepard (1925-1996) was Avery Professor of Natural Philosophy and Human Ecology at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. He is the author of twelve books, a number of which are available from the University of Georgia Press.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
1 Ten Thousand Years of Crisis 1
2 On the Responsibility of Being an Ape 37
3 On the Significance of Being Shaped by the Past 87
4 Hunting as a Way of Life 129
5 The Karma of Adolescence 175
6 The Choice: Industrial Agriculture or Techno-Cynegetics 235
Appendix 281
Bibliography 285
Index 297
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