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Animals and Nature

Cultural Myths, Cultural Realities

Western conceptions of objectivity and individuality have resulted in a readier appreciation of the worth of the animals and nature than has been recognized. This provocative book takes issue with the popular view that the Western cultural tradition, in contrast to Eastern and Aboriginal traditions, has encouraged attitudes of domination and exploitation towards nature, particularly animals. Preece argues that the Western tradition has much to commend it, and that descriptions of Aboriginal and Oriental orientations have often been misleadingly rosy, simplified and codified according to current fashionable concepts. Animals and Nature is the result of six years’ intensive study into comparative religion, literature, philosophy, anthropology, mythology and animal welfare science.

336 pages

Table of Contents



Introduction: The Denigration of the West

1 Advocacy Scholarship

2 “Beastliness” and “Brutality”

3 Animals All?

4 Rationalism

5 Alienation from Nature

6 From the Great Chain of Being to the Theory of Evolution

7 Aboriginal and Oriental Harmony with Nature

8 Gaea and the Universal Spirit


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