Awe for the Tiger, Love for the Lamb: A Chronicle of Sensibility to Animals

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UBC Press, 2002 - Nature - 413 pages

In our modern world, where human will routinely presides over the natural world, it is easy to imagine that sensibility to animals has been merely a matter of peripheral concern in human history. Rod Preece, in this impressively researched volume, 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 the history of thought. Each chapter begins with an introduction that 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 will be welcomed by scholars interested in animal studies and the history of ideas, as well as those with a concern for animal life.

 

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Contents

The Classical World
34
The Dark Ages
62
The Renaissance
91
The Enlightenment123
123
The Utilitarian and Romantic Age
177
The Legislative Era222
222
The Darwinian Age 265
265
The Ensuing Years
355
Index
401
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Rod Preece is Professor of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is also the author of Animals and Nature: Cultural Myths, Cultural Realities, which received a Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award and was short-listed for the Raymond Klibansky Prize.

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