Hunting: Philosophy for Everyone

Hunting: Philosophy for Everyone

Paperback Philosophy for Everyone

Edited by Nathan Kowalsky, Series edited by Fritz Allhoff, Foreword by David Petersen

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  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Format: Paperback | 280 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 23mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 24 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Chicester
  • ISBN 10: 1444335693
  • ISBN 13: 9781444335699
  • Sales rank: 746,240

Product description

Hunting - Philosophy for Everyone presents a collection of readings from academics and non-academics alike that move beyond the ethical justification of hunting to investigate less traditional topics and offer fresh perspectives on why we hunt. The only recent book to explicitly examine the philosophical issues surrounding hunting Shatters many of the stereotypes about hunting, forcing us to rethink the topic Features contributions from a wide range of academic and non-academic sources, including both hunters and non-hunters

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Author information

Editor Nathan Kowalsky is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta. He has published essays in the journals Environmental Ethics and Ethical Perspectives and in the book The Ranges of Evil: Multidisciplinary Studies in Human Wickedness . He has also served as a consultant to Environment Canada (a ministry of the Canadian government). Series Editor Fritz Allhoff is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Western Michigan University, as well as a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University's Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. In addition to editing the Philosophy for Everyone series, Allhoff is the volume editor or co-editor for several titles, including Wine & Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), Whiskey & Philosophy (with Marcus P. Adams, Wiley, 2009), and Food & Philosophy (with Dave Monroe, Wiley-Blackwell, 2007).

Review quote

"It does provide fresh perspectives by both academic and non academic authors on a variety of hunting topics such as hunting in culture, politics and tradition; the relationship of hunting to nature and human nature and the hoary old topic of hunting ethics... In my opinion, I found it the most refreshing book of its kind that I have read in years." (AFRICAN INDABA, November 2008) "Presenting all these diverse views in one relatively small book, a mere 258 pages, is a vision implemented, without which, most readers invested in learning more about hunting, would sorely miss if they knew their want". (Book Review , 1 December 2010). There's a really fine essay by the biologist Valerius Geist on how hunting has played a significant role in human development. Kay, my wife, contributed an essay on bow-hunting with self-made equipment. There are other essays on the human-animal relationship, even a few comparing hunting to vegetarianism. Lots of other provocative pieces." (Leather Wall, September 2010) "If you're interested in sharpening your thinking skills on the subject of hunting, I've got a great new book for you: Hunting - Philosophy for Everyone: In Search of the Wild Life." (NorCal Cazadora, October 2010) "Featuring contributions from a wide range of academic and non-academic sources, including both hunters and nonhunters, this book is for general readers, especially those who hunt ("Hunting for Meaning: A Glimpse of the Game"), as well as self-professed "foodies" and vegetarians." (Fishing and Outdoors Newspaper, October 2010)

Back cover copy

Hunting has been a cornerstone in the artistic, religious, and philosophical traditions of countless cultures throughout history - in fact, it is older than civilization itself. Yet few pursuits continue to be as controversial as hunting, for it strikes at the very core of such fundamental questions as death, embodiment, non-human life, and morality. "Hunting - Philosophy for Everyone" presents a thought-provoking collection of new essays from across the academic and non-academic spectrum that move far beyond familiar arguments and debates about hunting. This philosophically stimulating book provides fresh perspectives on a variety of topics, including: Issues relating to the ethics of huntingThe experiences and perspectives of the hunterThe relationship of hunting to nature and human natureHunting in culture, politics, and traditionHot on the trail of one of the most controversial issues in contemporary society, "Hunting - Philosophy for Everyone" is a stereotype-shattering volume that invites us to think deeply about what it means to be human.

Table of contents

Foreword: Hunting as Philosophy ( David Petersen ). Picking Up the Trail: An Introduction to Hunting - Philosophy for Everyone ( Nathan Kowalsky ). Part I: The Good, the Bad, and the Hunter. 1 Taking a Shot: Hunting in the Crosshairs ( Jesus Ilundain-Agurruza ). 2 But They Can't Shoot Back: What Makes Fair Chase Fair? ( Theodore Vitali ). 3 A Shot in the Dark: The Dubious Prospects of Environmental Hunting ( Lisa Kretz ). 4 Hunting Like a Vegetarian: Same Ethics, Different Flavors ( Tovar Cerulli ). 5 What You Can't Learn from Cartoons: Or, How to go Hunting After Watching Bambi ( Gregory A. Clark ). Part II: The Hunter's View of the World. 6 Hunting for Meaning: A Glimpse of the Game ( Brian Seitz ). 7 Getting By with a Little Help from My Hunter: Riding to Hounds in English Foxhound Packs ( Alison Acton ). 8 Tracking in Pursuit of Knowledge: Teachings of an Algonquin Anishinabe Bush Hunter ( Jacob Wawatie and Stephanie Pyne ). 9 Living with Dead Animals? Trophies as Souvenirs of the Hunt ( Garry Marvin ). Part III: Eating Nature Naturally. 10 The Carnivorous Herbivore: Hunting and Culture in Human Evolution ( Valerius Geist ). 11 The Fear of the Lord: Hunting as if the Boss is Watching ( Janina Duerr ). 12 Hunting: A Return to Nature? ( Roger J. H. King ). 13 The Camera or the Gun: Hunting through Different Lenses ( Jonathan Parker ). 14 Flesh, Death and Tofu: Hunters, Vegetarians and Carnal Knowledge ( T.R. Kover ). Part IV: The Antler Chandelier: Hunting in Culture, Politics and Tradition. 15 The Sacred Pursuit: Reflections on the Literature of Hunting ( Roger Scruton ). 16 Big Game and Little Sticks: Bow Making and Bow Hunting ( Kay Koppedrayer ). 17 Going to the Dogs: Savage Longings in Hunting Art ( Paula Young Lee ). 18 The New Artemis? Women Who Hunt ( Debra Merskin ). 19 Off the Grid: Rights, Religion and the Rise of the Eco-Gentry ( James Carmine ). Notes on Contributors.