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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 e-book takes factor with the preferred view that the Western cultural culture, unlike japanese and Aboriginal traditions, has inspired attitudes of domination and exploitation in the direction of nature, rather animals. Preece argues that the Western culture has a lot to commend it, and that descriptions of Aboriginal and Oriental orientations have usually been misleadingly rosy, simplified and codified in keeping with present trendy techniques. Animals and Nature is the results of six years' in depth examine into comparative faith, literature, philosophy, anthropology, mythology and animal welfare technological know-how.

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Indeed, the fact that the Hindustani word suar, pig, is among the most insulting in the language should give us reason to reflect on the status of at least some species on the Indian subcontinent. The Western tradition, so readily castigated by its opponents, has not been so uncaring as its depiction by detractors would have us believe. W. "8 Yet it should not escape our attention that, in the nineteenth century, a vegetarian movement, anti-vivisection movement, naturalist movement, and animal welfare movement, and, in the twentieth century, an environmental movement and animal rights movement all began, and in most cases have found the greatest response, in Western society.

35 The lessons of Robinson Crusoe are not about life in the Aboriginal state of nature but about the life of Robinson Crusoe. In telling us that Robinson Crusoe reveals the true state of nature, Rousseau is acknowledging that his concerns are with the errors of civilization, not with Aboriginal life itself. The task is to remain as uncorrupted as possible in civil society. 16 Crusoe not only possessed some of the goods of civil society but also had a half a lifetime of experience of civil society, and a bookish education to boot.

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