DescriptionHunting - 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
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 (Jesús Ilundáin-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.
"Recommended. Academic and general library collections, all levels." (Choice, 1 March 2011)
"If you don't mind having your convictions challenged or your viewpoint 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 walked that forest a hundred times before, certain essays can give you a glimpse of something you hadn't seen or thought of before. Some of the essays are even down-right fun to read." (Primitive Archer Magazine, January 2011)"Nathan Kowalsky provides a forum of diverse ideas and voices about "hunting" that ensemble, becomes the most recent attempt that I am aware of at showcasing serious writers on the "topic." Most of these essays are written with an intelligent audience in mind, although the reader need not be a philosopher."( The Trumpeter, 1 December 2010)
"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)