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October 19, 2011 8:23 AM Subscribe
I'm designing a university course on the grand ol' theme of humanity's place in nature. What are some readings on this topic, from any discipline, that have fascinated/moved/influenced you?
posted by Beardman to religion & philosophy (42 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
The course is called Human Nature, and it's in the philosophy department, but I've got the blessing of the chair not to tell the usual story (i.e. "Plato, Hobbes, Rousseau: are we essentially naughty or nice?").
Instead, I'm treating it as an interdisciplinary humanities course, essentially "Human(ity's Place in Nonhuman) Nature." The main question I want to explore is about the relationship between our post-Darwinian conception of ourselves as One More Animal, and our conduct toward nonhuman nature.
So: what writing on the theme of our relationship with nonhuman nature has been memorable to you? It can be expository/argumentative (e.g. E.O. Wilson), or more contemplative (e.g. Annie Dillard). I am cool with any medium (chapters and essays in any genre, poetry, even films--I may show Grizzly Man, for example). I'm just trying to get ideas of things it'd be fun to teach. Thanks!