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Hunting - Philosophy for Everyone


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Foreword: Hunting as Philosophy Professor xii David Petersen Acknowledgments xvi Nathan Kowalsky Picking Up the Trail: An Introduction to Hunting - Philosophy for Everyone 1 Nathan Kowalsky Part I The Good, The Bad, and The Hunter 9 1 Taking a Shot: Hunting in the Crosshairs 11 Jesus Ilundain-Agurruza 2 But They Can't Shoot Back: What Makes Fair Chase Fair? 23 Theodore R. Vitali 3 A Shot in the Dark: The Dubious Prospects of Environmental Hunting 33 Lisa Kretz 4 Hunting Like a Vegetarian: Same Ethics, Different Flavors 45 Tovar Cerulli 5 What You Can't Learn from Cartoons: Or, How to Go Hunting After Watching Bambi 56 Gregory A. Clark Part II The Hunter's View of the World 67 6 Hunting for Meaning: A Glimpse of the Game 69 Brian Seitz 7 Getting By with a Little Help from My Hunter: Riding to Hounds in English Foxhound Packs 80 Alison Acton 8 Tracking in Pursuit of Knowledge: Teachings of an Algonquin Anishinabe Bush Hunter 93 Jacob Wawatie and Stephanie Pyne 9 Living with Dead Animals? Trophies as Souvenirs of the Hunt 107 Garry Marvin Part III Eating Nature Naturally 119 10 The Carnivorous Herbivore: Hunting and Culture in Human Evolution 121 Valerius Geist 11 The Fear of the Lord: Hunting as if the Boss is Watching 134 Janina Duerr 12 Hunting: A Return to Nature? 149 Roger J. H. King 13 The Camera or the Gun: Hunting through Different Lenses 161 Jonathan Parker 14 Flesh, Death, and Tofu: Hunters, Vegetarians, and Carnal Knowledge 171 T. R. Kover Part IV The Antler Chandelier: Hunting in Culture, Politics, and Tradition 185 15 The Sacred Pursuit: Reflections on the Literature of Hunting 187 Roger Scruton 16 Big Game and Little Sticks: Bowmaking and Bowhunting 198 Kay Koppedrayer 17 Going to the Dogs: Savage Longings in Hunting Art 210 Paula Young Lee 18 The New Artemis? Women Who Hunt 225 Debra Merskin 19 Off the Grid: Rights, Religion, and the Rise of the Eco-Gentry 239 James Carmine Notes on Contributors 252

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Editor Nathan Kowalsky is Assistant Professor of Philosophy,St. Joseph s College, University of Alberta. He has publishedessays in the journals Environmental Ethics and EthicalPerspectives and in the book The Ranges of Evil:Multidisciplinary Studies in Human Wickedness. He has alsoserved as a consultant to Environment Canada (a ministry of theCanadian government). Series Editor Fritz Allhoff is an Assistant Professor in thePhilosophy Department at Western Michigan University, as well as aSenior Research Fellow at the Australian National University'sCentre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. In addition toediting the Philosophy for Everyone series, Allhoff is thevolume 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).


"Kowalsky's book does a fine job in showing why there are goodreasons to keep hunting in high esteem, to learn a great deal fromit about human biology and culture, and to eat hunted meat."(, 25 October 2011) "Recommended. Academic and general library collections, alllevels." (Choice, 1 March 2011) "If you don't mind having your convictions challenged or yourviewpoint broadened this book should be on your reading list."(Alberta Outdoorsmen, 1 May 2011) "Just as you always see something new, even if you've walkedthat forest a hundred times before, certain essays can give you aglimpse of something you hadn't seen or thought of before. Some ofthe essays are even down-right fun to read." (Primitive ArcherMagazine, January 2011)"Nathan Kowalsky provides a forum ofdiverse ideas and voices about "hunting" that ensemble, becomes themost recent attempt that I am aware of at showcasing seriouswriters on the "topic." Most of these essays are written with anintelligent audience in mind, although the reader need not be aphilosopher."( The Trumpeter, 1 December 2010) "It does provide fresh perspectives by both academic and nonacademic authors on a variety of hunting topics such as hunting inculture, politics and tradition; the relationship of hunting tonature and human nature and the hoary old topic of huntingethics... In my opinion, I found it the most refreshing book of itskind that I have read in years." (AFRICAN INDABA, November2008) "Presenting all these diverse views in one relatively smallbook, a mere 258 pages, is a vision implemented, without which,most readers invested in learning more about hunting, would sorelymiss if they knew their want". (Book Review , 1 December 2010). There's a really fine essay by the biologist ValeriusGeist on how hunting has played a significant role in humandevelopment. Kay, my wife, contributed an essay on bow-hunting withself-made equipment. There are other essays on the human-animalrelationship, even a few comparing hunting to vegetarianism. Lotsof other provocative pieces." (Leather Wall,September 2010) "If you're interested in sharpening your thinking skills on thesubject of hunting, I've got a great new book for you: Hunting -Philosophy for Everyone: In Search of the Wild Life." (NorCalCazadora, October 2010) "Featuring contributions from a wide range of academic andnon-academic sources, including both hunters and nonhunters, thisbook is for general readers, especially those who hunt ("Huntingfor Meaning: A Glimpse of the Game"), as well as self-professed"foodies" and vegetarians." (Fishing and Outdoors Newspaper,October 2010)

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