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The Others How Animals Made Us Human (Paperback)

Author:  Paul Shepard
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1559634340
ISBN-13: 9781559634342
Sku: 30275936
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6L x 1T
Pages:  384
 
Paul Shepard has been one of the most brilliant and original thinkers in the field of human evolution and ecology for more than forty years. His thought-provoking ideas on the role of animals in human thought, dreams, personal identity, and other psychological and religious contexts have been presented in a series of seminal writings, including "Thinking Animals," "The Tender Carnivore and the Sacred Game," and now "The Others," his most eloquent book to date."The Others" is a fascinating and wide-ranging examination of how diverse cultures have thought about, reacted to, and interacted with animals. Shepard argues that humans evolved watching other animal species, participating in their world, suffering them as parasites, wearing their feathers and skins, and making tools of their bones and antlers. For millennia, we have communicated their significance by dancing, sculpting, performing, imaging, narrating, and thinking them. The human species cannot be fully itself without these others.Shepard considers animals as others in a world where otherness of all kinds is in danger, and in which otherness is essential to the discovery of the true self. We must understand what to make of our encounters with animals, because as we prosper they vanish, and ultimately our prosperity may amount to nothing without them.
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"Shepard's book is part metaphysical treatise, part encyclopedia, and part polemic.... What makes it remarkable is his demonstration of the intimacy and detail of human-animal interactions in giving structure and meaning to human life". -- Pacific Discovery The others is a fascinating and wide-ranging examination of how diverse cultures throughout the ages have thought about, reached to, and interacted with animals. Until his death in 1996, Paul Shepard was Avery Professor Emeritus of Human Ecology at Pitzer College and the Claremont Graduate School.
Paul Shepard has been one of the most brilliant and original thinkers in the field of human evolution and ecology for more than forty years. His thought-provoking ideas on the role of animals in human thought, dreams, personal identity, and other psychological and religious contexts have been presented in a series of seminal writings, including Thinking Animals, The Tender Carnivore and the Sacred Game, and now The Others, his most eloquent book to date.The Others is a fascinating and wide-ranging examination of how diverse cultures have thought about, reacted to, and interacted with animals. Shepard argues that humans evolved watching other animal species, participating in their world, suffering them as parasites, wearing their feathers and skins, and making tools of their bones and antlers. For millennia, we have communicated their significance by dancing, sculpting, performing, imaging, narrating, and thinking them. The human species cannot be fully itself without these others.Shepard considers animals as others in a world where otherness of all kinds is in danger, and in which otherness is essential to the discovery of the true self. We must understand what to make of our encounters with animals, because as we prosper they vanish, and ultimately our prosperity may amount to nothing without them.

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"Throughout, there is a distinctive sensibility, the spiritual implications of which are that the transcendence of the ego can be found as much in seeing ourselves as animals as in seeing ourselves as made 'in the image of God." - Roger S. Gottlieb 11/1997

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0384
Product attributePublisher:   Island Press
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