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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.
Table of Contents
PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: The Denigration of the West1. Advocacy Scholarship2. Beastliness and Brutality3. Animals All? 4. Rationalism5. Alienation from Nature6. From the Great Chain of Being to the Theory of Evolution7. Aboriginal and Oriental Harmony with Nature8. Gaea and the Universal SpiritNotesSelected BibliographyIndex