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Meditations on Hunting Hardcover – August 1, 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Wilderness Adventures Press; 2nd edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932098534
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932098532
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth D. Gartrell on August 7, 2008
This is an excellent book which details the Ortega y. Gasset philosophy of hunting. It is surprising how little reader interest there is in the book. I would consider it a must read for those who still hunt.

Ortega y. Gasset bases his thinking on a combination of anthropology, history and natural sciences. The basic idea is that hunting is an ancient occupation of man, it is part of the definition of man's place in nature and it is ingrained into the genetic code of all of us.

In this way, Ortega y. Gasset reveals that by hunting, people fulfill their biological imperatives, realize their ability to transcend time and find their primitive being which predates recorded history.

The work is primarily a philosophical justification of hunting. I believe Ortega y. Gasset proves his point convincingly. However, that hardly matters because his analysis certainly evokes the right question which is, "Why do we hunt?"
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jorge F. Garcia on May 4, 2010
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Thought-provoking and well written. But be warned, O&G has an odd way of dealing with his subject matter. Sometimes he seems to skirt the title of a chapter altogether. For example, one of the early chapters simply expounds at length upon the "credentials" of two early hunters (a Greek and a Roman). To what end? The gist of the chapter seems to be that if two very solid historical figures both liked hunting, that ought to be good enough for us. Hm. The chapter titled The Ethics of Hunting seems to say - as best as I could decipher it - that the ethical questions that underlie the matter are way too deep, tangled and just plain incomprehensible to even talk about. Philosophically, this can be a frustrating read sometimes. Still, what isn't? Like I said, the book does not fail to be well written and thought-provoking even though it asks more questions than it answers. If you are comfortable reading philosophy and you are interested in hunting, don't pass it up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Primo Rodriguez Perez on December 18, 2012
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Ortega y Gasset takes one in a philosophical journey into the art of huntiing. He is very serious when it comes to taking game,and views the practice from a very intelligent perspective. The book promotes selectiveness, and sportsmanship over ego. The true hunter is a gentelman. His take on stalking is artistic and scientific. Read this book and you will enjoy the outdoors even if you come back empty handed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Ives on March 14, 2013
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This is not a "how to" book on hunting, it is a classic study of "why" people hunt. This philosophical treatise was written in 1942 in Lisbon, Spain, and has been cited frequently over the years.

It is not an easy read, in that to appreciate what the author is presenting, one must give it some thought. The value to me is this requirement for contemplation.

This hardcover printing, with dust cover, is nicely produced on quality paper complete with etchings and footnotes. The only quibble I have is the font size on the footnotes can be a strain for older eyes...

If you hunt or want to better understand hunting, I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rob_F on February 21, 2013
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Mssr Ortega brings a refreshing perspective to human involvement in ecosystems. No apologies, no martyrdom, no drama, and focused on the relationship with hunting, not the broader ecosystem and associated conservation message; all of which is fine, but exists in abundance.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg Camp on August 4, 2013
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Jeff Cooper mentioned this book in his commentaries, and I've been searching for it for some time now. Its central thesis is that hunting is the natural activity of human beings. Our modern world--modern in the sense of the last 10,000 years of technological development being a separation from our origins--makes demands on our time, but the hunter is able to return to our roots and participate again in nature. This book will not convince those who are categorically opposed to hunting, but as Cooper would remind us, rabbits rarely feel sympathy for the fox.

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