The Myth of Human Supremacy

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The Myth of Human Supremacy

The Myth of Human Supremacy

  • Author: Derrick Jensen
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • ISBN: 1609806794
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 352
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In this impassioned polemic, radical environmental philosopher Derrick Jensen debunks the near-universal belief in a hierarchy of nature and the superiority of humans. Vast and underappreciated complexities of nonhuman life are explored in detail—from the cultures of pigs and prairie dogs, to the creative use of tools by elephants and fish, to the acumen of caterpillars and fungi. The paralysis of the scientific establishment on moral and ethical issues is confronted and a radical new framework for assessing the intelligence and sentience of nonhuman life is put forth. Jensen attacks mainstream environmental journalism, which too often limits discussions to how ecological changes affect humans or the economy—with little or no regard for nonhuman life. With his signature compassionate logic, he argues that when we separate ourselves from the rest of nature, we in fact orient ourselves against nature, taking an unjust and, in the long run, impossible position. Jensen expresses profound disdain for the human industrial complex and its ecological excesses, contending that it is based on the systematic exploitation of the earth. Page by page, Jensen, who has been called the philosopher-poet of the environmental movement, demonstrates his deep appreciation of the natural world in all its intimacy, and sounds an urgent call for its liberation from human domination. From the Trade Paperback edition.

In the Company of Animals

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In the Company of Animals

In the Company of Animals

A Study of Human-Animal Relationships

  • Author: James Serpell
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521577793
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 283
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In the Company of Animals is an original and very readable study of human attitudes to the natural world. It contrasts the way we love some animals while ruthlessly exploiting others; it provides a detailed and fascinating account of ways in which animal companionship can influence our health; and it provides a key to understanding the moral contradictions inherent in our treatment of animals and nature. Its scope encompasses history, anthropology, and animal and human psychology. Along the way, the author uncovers a fascinating trail of insights and myths about our relationship with the species with which we share the planet. James Serpell is the editor of The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behavior and Interactions With People (CUP, 1995).

Learning Love from a Tiger

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Learning Love from a Tiger

Learning Love from a Tiger

Religious Experiences with Nature

  • Author: Daniel Capper
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520290429
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 320
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Learning Love from a Tiger explores the vibrancy and variety of humans’ sacred encounters with the natural world, gathering a range of stories culled from Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Mayan, Himalayan, Buddhist, and Chinese shamanic traditions. Readers will delight in tales of house cats who teach monks how to meditate, shamans who shape-shift into jaguars, crickets who perform Catholic mass, rivers that grant salvation, and many others. In addition to being a collection of wonderful stories, this book introduces important concepts and approaches that underlie much recent work in environmental ethics, religion, and ecology. Daniel Capper’s light touch prompts readers to engage their own views of humanity’s place in the natural world and question longstanding assumptions of human superiority.

Immortal Monster

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Immortal Monster

Immortal Monster

The Mythological Evolution of the Fantastic Beast in Modern Fiction and Film

  • Author: Joseph Andriano
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780313306679
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 179
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Monsters figure prominently in classic works of literature as well as in films and stories intended for a wide audience. Since Darwin's time, most of these imaginary beasts have taken the form of natural creatures, rather than supernatural ones. This volume explores both literary and cinematic texts that are especially explicit in their depiction of beasts in Darwinian terms, though these same monsters retain an archaic mythological aspect. The myth of Leviathan and Behemoth, for instance, is at the heart of Jaws as much as it is central to Moby-Dick; indeed, Jaws inherits the myth directly from Moby-Dick, as does King Kong. These and other monster tales keep the myth alive by retelling it in the context of biological and cultural evolution. There is a pattern of alternating bestialization and anthropomorphism in many monster tales, suggesting that these images are being displayed in repeated attempts to define who we are in relation to animals. As fables of identity, these tales dramatize our anxieties and fears concerning our own animal nature and help us come to terms with our own evolution.

Plato and Myth

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Plato and Myth

Plato and Myth

Studies on the Use and Status of Platonic Myths

  • Author: Catherine Collobert,Pierre Destrée,Francisco J. Gonzalez
  • Publisher: BRILL
  • ISBN: 9004218661
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 476
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Through the contributions of specialists in the field, this volume addresses the still open question of the role and status of myth in Plato’s dialogues and thereby speaks to the broader problem of the relation between philosophy and poetic discourse.

Passionate Joy

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Passionate Joy

Passionate Joy

Building a Wealth of Joy in a World Starved for Love

  • Author: Dr. James Evans McReynolds
  • Publisher: iUniverse
  • ISBN: 0595828582
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 168
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Passionate Joy connects the psychological and spiritual understanding of our least discussed human emotion. This book reflects the dawn of a revolutionary approach to living. Norman Vincent Peale anointed Jim McReynolds as minister of joy to the world. The most important characteristic of a minister of joy is humility. This book teaches people the purpose of our lives is to create an atmosphere for joy and miracles to happen. Life is difficult. Building a wealth of joy enables us to know happiness. Readers will enter the joy of the Lord as they reflect upon their own joy. This book can be used as a text for study groups. Questions for reflections are included at the end of each chapter. This book was envisioned during studies at Vanderbilt University and the University of Oxford in England. The material has been shared during a lifetime of weekend retreats, conferences, and seminars for churches, schools, workplaces, and community groups.

Alternatives to Laboratory Animals

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Alternatives to Laboratory Animals

Alternatives to Laboratory Animals

ATLA.

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Animal experimentation
  • Page: N.A
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Problems of Modern Indian Literature

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Problems of Modern Indian Literature

Problems of Modern Indian Literature

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Calcutta : Statistical Pub. Society : distributor, K. P. Bagchi
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Indic literature
  • Page: 202
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Anthology of articles by Indian and Soviet scholars.

Jim Kobak's Kirkus Reviews

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Jim Kobak's Kirkus Reviews

Jim Kobak's Kirkus Reviews

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: American literature
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Kinship and Killing

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Kinship and Killing

Kinship and Killing

The Animal in World Religions

  • Author: Katherine Wills Perlo
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231519605
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 256
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Through close readings of Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and Buddhist texts, Katherine Wills Perlo proves that our relationship with animals shapes religious doctrine, particularly through the tension between animal exploitation and the bonds of kinship. She pinpoints four different strategies for coping with this conflict. The first is aggression, in which a divinely conferred superiority or karma justifies animal usage. The second is evasion, which emphasizes benevolent aspects of the human-animal relationship within the exploitative structure, such as the image of Jesus as a "good shepherd." The third is defense, which acknowledges the problematic nature of killing, leading many religions to adopt a propitiation mechanism, such as apologizing for sacrifice. And the fourth is effective-defensive, which recognizes animal abuse as inherently unethical. As humans feel more empathy toward animals, Perlo finds that adherents revise their interpretations of religious texts. Preexisting ontologies, such as Christianity's changing God or Buddhism's principle of impermanence, along with advances in farming practices and technology, also encourage changes in treatment. As cultures begin to appreciate the different types of perception and consciousness experienced by nonhumans, definitions of reality become complicated and humans lean more toward unitary accounts of shared existence. These evolving attitudes exert a crucial influence on religious thought, Perlo argues, moving humans ever closer to a nonspeciesist world.