The World of Wolves: Lessons about the Sacredness of the Surround, Belonging, and the Silent Dialogue of Interdependence and Death, and Speciocide
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Environmental Philosophy 5 (2):69-92 (2008)
This essay details wolves’ sense of their surround in terms of how wolves’ perceptual acuities, motor abilities, daily habits, overriding concerns, network of intimate social bonds and relationship to prey gives them a unique sense of space, time, belonging with other wolves, memorial sense, imaginative capacities, dominant emotions (of affection, play, loyalty, hunger, etc.), communicative avenues, partnership with other creatures, and key role in ecological thriving. Wolves are seen to live within a vast sense of aroundness and closeness to aspects of their surround (compared to humans), a highly charged intimacy and cooperation with other wolves, and a caring and non-aggressive attitude that goes beyond the pack, despite their loyalty and defense of territory. The cultural myths and history that absurdly demonize the wolf are explored in their self-righteous attempts to exterminate wolves, which I call “speciocide” and probe for projections of human viciousness. The supposed rapaciousness of wolves is re-examined by expanding Barry Lopez’s sense of the silent dialogue of death with other creatures to be reconsidered as a kind of respect, assertion of vitality, recognition or mortality and cooperation.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Bart van Leeuwen (2007). A Formal Recognition of Social Attachments: Expanding Axel Honneth's Theory of Recognition. Inquiry 50 (2):180 – 205.
Paul D. Barclay (2002). A 'Curious and Grim Testimony to a Persistent Human Blindness': Wolf Bounties in North America, 1630-1752. Ethics, Place and Environment 5 (1):25 – 34.
Paul C. Paquet (2005). Wolf Stories. Environmental Ethics 27 (2):115-134.
Arne Naess (1979). Self-Realization in Mixed Communities of Humans, Bears, Sheep, and Wolves. Inquiry 22 (1-4):231 – 241.
Colette R. Palamar (2007). Wild, Women, and Wolves: An Ecological Feminist Examination of Wolf Introduction. Environmental Ethics 29 (1):63-75.
Glen A. Mazis (2009). Touring as Authentically Embodying Place and a New World at a Glance. Environment, Space, Place 1 (1):169-188.
Marc Bekoff (2001). Empathy: Common Sense, Science Sense, Wolves, and Well-Being. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25 (1):26-27.
Charles Gallagher (1940). Wolves Against the Moon. Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 15 (3):533-533.
Ben A. Minteer (2003). Wolves and Human Communities. Environmental Ethics 25 (2):207-210.
Added to index2010-01-23
Total downloads77 ( #39,195 of 1,724,865 )
Recent downloads (6 months)11 ( #59,662 of 1,724,865 )
How can I increase my downloads?