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New PDF release: Animals and Nature: Cultural Myths, Cultural Realities

By Rod Preece

ISBN-10: 0774807245

ISBN-13: 9780774807241

Western conceptions of objectivity and individuality have led to a readier appreciation of the value of the animals and nature than has been famous. This provocative ebook takes factor with the preferred view that the Western cultural culture, not like jap and Aboriginal traditions, has inspired attitudes of domination and exploitation in the direction of nature, fairly animals. Preece argues that the Western culture has a lot to commend it, and that descriptions of Aboriginal and Oriental orientations have frequently been misleadingly rosy, simplified and codified in accordance with present trendy techniques. Animals and Nature is the results of six years' extensive learn into comparative faith, literature, philosophy, anthropology, mythology and animal welfare technological know-how.

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The German scholar Rudolf Kaiser42 has demonstrated that there are major discrepancies between anything the chief may have said - and we have no compelling evidence of what that may have been - and what is today reported as Chief Seattle's profound pronouncement. Chief Seattle almost certainly made an environmentalist speech of a kind, somewhere on or near the west coast of the United States sometime between 1853 and 1855. We cannot be more precise than that. A Dr. Henry Smith witnessed the oration and it is said he made copious notes on it.

1516 2 All things in common nature should produce Without sweat or endeavour: treason, felony, Sword, pike, knife, gun, or need of any engine, Would I not have; but nature should bring forth, Of its own kind, all foizon, all abundance, To feed my innocent people. 1, c. 1610 3 Pygmy people living in the Ituri Forest in the Congo ... are infinitely wise ... [They possess] an intense love for the forest and [a] belief that it is better than the outside world that threatens to destroy it. - Colin Turnbull, The Forest People, 1961 4 Whatever their differences both liberal capitalism and Marxist socialism committed themselves totally to this vision of industrial progress which more than any other single cause has brought 4 Advocacy Scholarship about the disintegration that is taking place throughout the entire planet.

They are customarily justified by philosophical traditions such as instrumental or intrinsic value theory or transpersonal psychology or Romanticism, which have been developed in Western thought. Western behaviour is as readily criticized through Western philosophical analysis as it is via the borrowing of exoteric critical concepts or the elevation of practices alien to the Western tradition. We must he wary lest in rejecting our failings we also reject our successes. 9 10 Advocacy Scholarship And we must be equally wary that in proclaiming the virtue of others' successes we do not inherit their failings.

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