"No one tradition alone offers a sufficient respect for other species. Taken together, they may offer a prospect for saner human-animal relations." - From the book
Western conceptions of objectivity and individuality have resulted in a readier appreciation of the worth of the animals and nature than has been recognized. This provocative book takes issue with the popular view that the Western cultural tradition, in contrast to Eastern and Aboriginal traditions, has encouraged attitudes of domination and exploitation towards nature, particularly animals.
Preece argues that the Western tradition has much to commend it, and that descriptions of Aboriginal and Oriental orientations have often been misleadingly rosy, simplified and codified according to current fashionable concepts.
Animals and Nature is the result of six years' intensive study into comparative religion, literature, philosophy, anthropology, mythology and animal welfare science.
Rod Preece teaches in the Department of Political Science at Wilfried Laurier University. He is the author of Animal Welfare, Human Values and Brute Souls, Happy Beasts, and Evolution (UBC Press, 2005).
Preface Acknowledgments Introduction: The Denigration of the West 1 Advocacy Scholarship 2 "Beastliness" and "Brutality" 3 Animals All? 4 Rationalism 5 Alienation from Nature 6 From the Great Chain of Being to the Theory of Evolution 7 Aboriginal and Oriental Harmony with Nature 8 Gaea and the Universal Spirit Notes Select Bibliography Index