In our modern world, where human will routinely presides over the natural sphere, it is easy to imagine that animal welfare has been of merely peripheral concern in human history. In this impressively researched volume, Rod Preece demonstrates that, on the contrary, respect for animals has always been a part of human consciousness.Awe for the Tiger, Love for the Lamb brings together the most significant statements of sensibility to animals in intellectual history. Each chapter introduction explains the significance of the passages and relates them to each other culturally, historically, and philosophically. Myth, religion, literature, philosophy, and parliamentary debates are all represented in this compendium, whose time frame stretches from the early days of recorded human history to the beginning of the twentieth century. This unique book explores the complex practical ethical problems of everyday life with regard to our treatment of other species, and will be invaluable to scholars of animal studies and the history of ideas, as well as to all those with a concern for animal life.
Rod Preece is Professor of Political Science atWilfrid Laurier University. He is also the author of Animals andNature: Cultural Myths, Cultural Realities, which received aChoice Outstanding Academic Book Award and was short-listed for theRaymond Klibansky Prize.
Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Animals in Myth and Religion 2. The Classical World 3. The Dark Ages 4. The Renaissance 5. The Enlightenment 6. The Utilitarian and Romantic Age 7. The Legislative Era 8. The Darwinian Age Postscript: The Ensuing Years Notes Index