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Meditations on Hunting Hardcover – August 1, 2007
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About the Author
Before his death in 1996, Paul Shepardwas Avery Professor of Human Ecology and Natural Philosophy at Pitzer College and the Claremont Graduate School. Among his books are The Others: How Animals Make Us Human (Island Press/ Shearwater Books, 1995) and Encounters with Nature, (Island Press/Shearwater Books, 1999).
The late Datus Proper was the author of the path-breaking What the Trout Said, one of the most interesting and challenging books on fly-pattern design. He was an American Foreign Service Officer.
Top Customer Reviews
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?"
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a classic text written by a famous writer....I'm not a hunter, but a wildlife photographer, and from the author's point of view, "I'm doing it wrong. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Donald G. Freeman
It is disheartening to read a book by this charismatic man with outstanding literary abilities, who by the virtue of belonging to the rich class enjoyed multiple privileges of such... Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by Vladimir Antimonov
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. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Greg Camp
I bought this as a gift after reading Omnivore's Dilemma. My dad is a hunter and I though he might like it. He didn't comment on the quality.Published on May 15, 2012 by LD7412