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The Pursuit of Pleasure
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Lionel Tiger is Charles Darwin Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University. He is the author of The Decline of Males, Optimism, The Pursuit of Pleasure, China's Food, The Manufacture of Evil, Men in Groups, and The Imperial Animal. In addition, he is a regular contributor to both Psychology Today and The New York Times. He is the series editor of Evolutionary Foundations of Human Behaviorfor Transaction Publishers.

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Pleasure, says Tiger (anthropology, Rutgers Univ.), is an evolutionary holdover: we experience pleasure in activities that have helped us survive as a species over centuries under varying conditions (e.g., eating, reproducing). While most people accept pain as a natural part of the human condition, they resist pleasure because of cultural conditioning. The lesson to be learned from this book is that pleasure is a part of our human heritage which we should treasure and protect from bureaucratic encroachment. The increasing emphasis on home and comfort-centered values in the 1990s is part of a movement to regain this understanding, says Tiger. The book consists of a little theory and a lot of examples, which avid readers will have encountered elsewhere. Intellectuals may find this book illuminating; middle America will say we knew it all along.-- Lucy Patrick, Florida State Univ. Lib., Tallahassee

In a free-wheeling, uneven but frequently provocative exploration of what motivates us most powerfully, Tiger ( Men in Groups ) seeks ``to establish the moral, scientific and political authority of pleasure.'' Claiming that pleasure is ``an evolutionary entitlement,'' he examines the physiological, intellectual and psychosocial roots of our drives toward sex, eating, satisfying work and states of consciousness commonly induced by drugs. His stands on controversial issues do not fall into any predictable pattern--while urging a more liberal attitude toward sexuality among teenagers, he is firmly opposed to legalizing drugs. Cheerfully exhorting us to enjoy ourselves more fully than our puritan heritage sanctions, Tiger is a forceful, if sometimes glib, social historian. While his research doesn't break new ground, his observations on, for example, modern eating habits and the differences between male and female sexuality offer fresh, intriguing perspectives. (Jan.)

-In a freewheeling...provocative exploration of what motivates us most powerfully, Tiger seeks to establish the moral, scientific and political authority of entitlement....His observations offer fresh, intriguing perspectives.-

--Publishers Weekly

-Tiger explores how sex, food, smell, warmth and other sensual pleasures have yielded advantages to man and are rooted in our physiological prehistory....His major point is that pleasure is positive, desirable, delicious, demanding and worth pursuing....The Pursuit of Pleasure is a great idea for a book.-

--Washington Times

-Throughout these pages, this Lionel is a tiger of a writer: witty, frank, elegant and insightful.-

--Los Angeles Times Book Review


"In a freewheeling...provocative exploration of what motivates us most powerfully, Tiger seeks to establish the moral, scientific and political authority of entitlement....His observations offer fresh, intriguing perspectives."

--Publishers Weekly

"Tiger explores how sex, food, smell, warmth and other sensual pleasures have yielded advantages to man and are rooted in our physiological prehistory....His major point is that pleasure is positive, desirable, delicious, demanding and worth pursuing....The Pursuit of Pleasure is a great idea for a book."

--Washington Times

"Throughout these pages, this Lionel is a tiger of a writer: witty, frank, elegant and insightful."

--Los Angeles Times Book Review


"In a freewheeling...provocative exploration of what motivates us most powerfully, Tiger seeks to establish the moral, scientific and political authority of entitlement....His observations offer fresh, intriguing perspectives." --Publishers Weekly "Tiger explores how sex, food, smell, warmth and other sensual pleasures have yielded advantages to man and are rooted in our physiological prehistory....His major point is that pleasure is positive, desirable, delicious, demanding and worth pursuing....The Pursuit of Pleasure is a great idea for a book." --Washington Times "Throughout these pages, this Lionel is a tiger of a writer: witty, frank, elegant and insightful." --Los Angeles Times Book Review

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