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Hunting - Philosophy for Everyone: In Search of the Wild Life

Hunting - Philosophy for Everyone: In Search of the Wild Life

Fritz Allhoff (Series Editor), Nathan Kowalsky (Editor), David Petersen (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-1-444-34147-8

Jan 2011, Wiley-Blackwell

280 pages



Hunting - 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
Foreword: Hunting as Philosophy (David Petersen).

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.

"Kowalsky's book does a fine job in showing why there are good reasons to keep hunting in high esteem, to learn a great deal from it about human biology and culture, and to eat hunted meat." (, 25 October 2011)

"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)