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Summer The Other in A Sand County Almanac: Aldo Leopold's Animals and His Wild-Animal Ethic J. Baird Callicott, Jonathan Parker, Jordan Batson. A Sand County Almanac | 𝗥𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗣𝗗𝗙 on ResearchGate | On Feb 4, , J . Baird Callicott and others published A Sand County Almanac. PDF | CURT MEINE is a research associate with the International Crane Foundation. Curt received a B.A. in English and History from DePaul.
Based on his observations of his fellow passengers, who seem uninterested in the natural world, Leopold suspects, as he often does in the book, that growing old and receiving an education in fact turns people away from the wonders of the natural world. Active Themes Leopold recounts a story of killing a duck after waiting by a hole in an iced-over pond, the first strategic kill he made as a child. Then he discusses a partridge he killed, an impressive kill because he caught it in mid air.
He suspects his adult affinity for certain local plants came from the plants present in the grove in which he killed the partridge. Leopold will later set forth an idea of the importance of recreation, and the best types of recreation.
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One type is hunting, but in a way that requires skill, patience, and thoughtfulness. Sanders-Schneider, Ivy. Retrieved June 19, Copy to Clipboard. First published in and praised in The New York Times Book Review as a trenchant book, full of vigor and bite, A Sand County Almanac combines some of the finest nature writing since Thoreau with an outspoken and highly ethical regard for Americas relationship to the land.
Written with an unparalleled understanding of the ways of nature, the book includes a section on the monthly changes of the Wisconsin countryside; another part that gathers informal pieces written by Leopold over a forty-year period as he traveled through the woodlands of Wisconsin, Iowa, Arizona, Sonora, Oregon, Manitoba, and elsewhere; and a final section in which Leopold addresses the philosophical issues involved in wildlife conservation.
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Sinauer Associates, , , , chap. We veriied the associated claim by examining the annual index of Environmental Ethics. Further, examining the footnotes of each issue of Environmental Ethics indicates that Leopold is cited in practi- cally every number of this journal.
Bouchard and Sherry Simon, trans. Cornell University Press, , pp. Marie-Louise Mallet, trans. David Wills New York: Fordham University Press, What is it about sport hunting that, for Leopold and Shepard, is among the noblest and highest expressions of the human relationship with some wild animal Others?
The Spanish existential philosopher Jose Ortega y Gassett provides the key to dispelling that paradox. Leopold was trained in the then new applied science of forestry at the Yale For- est School, which was founded in by Gifford Pinchot.
Forest Service, which had been created by Congress in Leopold left the forest service in and pioneered a new applied science, game management, following the model of forestry. His Life and Work Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, , for this and the other biographical details in this paragraph. Hagen, An Entangled Bank: Rutgers University Press, University of Wisconsin Press, Harper and Row, Most importantly and generally, Leopold is adamant that science alone is inadequate for a comprehensive understanding of the world.
Science may inform metaphysics and ethics, but it cannot supercede or eclipse them. That land yields a cultural harvest is a fact long known, but latterly often forgotten.
These essays attempt to weld these three concepts. In addition to game management, Leopold pioneered another descriptive science, phenology—observing and recording the seasonal arrival and departure of birds, the leaing of trees, the budding, lowering, and seed-setting of forbs, etc.
Oxford University Press, , pp. Sidgwick and Jackson, , p. Macmillan, irst published in Fitz Roy, R. John Murray, Rather ecology scientiic natural history , in part, and certainly phenology, also only in part, are concerned with describing directly observed and experienced phenomena. Thus, although Leopold was certainly not a phenomenologist, he was engaged in disciplined observation and description together with introspective self-relection, not altogether unlike that in which phenomenologists engage.
The author is awakened by dripping water on an unseasonably warm, mid-winter morning and goes out of his cabin to see what the thaw has aroused. A History of Ecological Ideas, 2nd ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, As Dennis Ribbens explains, the county name was changed—by exactly whom is not known—in the process of posthumous editing.
The skunk track leads on, showing no interest in possible food, and no concern over the rompings and retributions of his neighbors. I wonder what he has on his mind; what got him out of bed?
Can one impute romantic motives to this corpulent fellow, dragging his ample beltline through the slush? Finally the track enters a pile of driftwood, and does not emerge. I hear the tinkle of dripping water among the logs, and I fancy the skunk hears it too.
Through his narrative style, Leopold basically induces us, as readers, to engage in the same search that he endeavors—namely, to probe the mind of an animal Other. Through the course of his descriptions, the intersubjective world is unfurled.
Leopold ends at the pile of driftwood. Husserl captured in more formal prose the kind of multi-experiential, inter- subjective perspective that Leopold captures in narrative prose. As Husserl em- phatically declares, I am positioned as equal in relation to every other as constituting co-bearer of the world. As I myself, so also is every other necessary for the existence of the world—the very same world that is for me real and objective.
I cannot think away any other without giving up this world. No determinate other subject and, by implication, no indeterminate other, anticipated in the open horizon-sense, is to be thought away. The Horizons of Transcendental Phenomenology Bloomington: Indiana University Press, , p.
While in no sense located in that tradition, Leopold is aligned with it in portraying humans as having no monopoly on inten- tional consciousness. Many animal Others are intentional subjects as well; they too enjoy intentional consciousness, no less than we.
He is very much present as perceiver, experiencing animal Others as objects, yes, but he also acknowledges them as perceiving, experiencing subjects in their own right. This deceptively simple narrative situates Leopold and us, his readers, as one kind of being among many Others, whose minds may still not be known—indeed, they may not be knowable—but who, nevertheless, co-constitute the world. As we see, Leopold unapologetically personiies and anthropomorphizes the Other members of his biotic community.
Is that consistent with the descriptive evolutionary-ecological world view that, according to Peter Fritzell, he is trying to convey? How could geese possibly be aware of the Wisconsin statutes?! Springer, , pp. One is apt to impute a disconsolate tone to their honkings and to jump to the conclusion that they are broken-hearted widowers, or mothers hunting lost children.
From the point of view of the prevailing now as then, we fear positivistic scientism, one cannot.
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Leopold, however, does not claim to know, but only to impute, imagine, and fancy. Phenom- enologists concur. Of course, one cannot, however, directly observe the consciousness of an animal Other.
But neither can one directly observe the consciousness of another human 32 Ibid. At the Limits of Experience Dordrecht: Springer, Yet we are—ornithologists and laypersons alike—perfectly conident that we correctly impute to other human beings both thoughts and feel- ings. On what grounds is such conidence based? So, how can we convince our positivistic-scientistic selves the ornithologists that therefore we are , at least of this: In short, on the basis of analogy, Other people look, more or less, like we look.
To the extent that animals look like us many have four appendages, noses, eyes, ears, mouths and act like us many startle, lee, play, stalk, sigh, yawn, whimper, socialize , by way of a similar analogy we may just as legitimately conclude that they think and feel, more or less, like we think and feel. So, as it turns out, the determination to believe that animals are unconscious automata is a legacy of pre-Darwinian as well as pre- phenomenological metaphysics.
Animals are not only different from humans, they are different from one another, a difference to which philosophers especially have been insensitive.
In The Animal that Therefore I Am, which was left uninished at his death and published posthumously, Derrida observes that what all nonhuman animals do have in common—which obscures, especially for philosophers, the myriad differences among them—is that they are Other than human.
In his book on the animal Other, Derrida reaches deeply into the roots of the Western world view—both Hebrew and Greek, ancient and modern—for clues to the systematic devaluation and domination of animals in the culture shaped by that world view.
For us, the states of mind of skunks and mice may be more reliably imagined than the emotions of geese—because mice and skunks are mammals, as are we, while geese are not.
What do frogs feel and ish think? Leopold thus counters a cultural prejudice regarding animals originating with biblical exclusionism and reinforced by Cartesian-Newtonian scientism. Up there you could not see the mountain, but you could feel it. The reason was the big bear. The implicit bear literally animated the mountain. Nor was Leopold alone in sensing the presence of the perceptually absent bear. Everyone in that region at that time even the most hard-bitten cowboys had the same heightened experience as Leopold, though doubtless few were consciously aware of it or relected on it.
The pigeon of the title is the extinct passenger pigeon, in commemoration of which a monument had been erected in Wyalusing State Park by the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology.
We know now what was unknown to the preceding caravan of generations: This new knowledge should have given us, by this time, a sense of kinship with fellow-creatures; a wish to live and let live; a sense of wonder over the magnitude and duration of the biotic enterprise.
Above all we should, in the century since Darwin, have come to know that man, while now captain of the adventuring ship, is hardly the sole object of its quest, and that his prior assumptions to this effect arose from the simple necessity of whistling in the dark.
These things, I say, should have come to us. I fear they have not come to many. Like the bear on Escudilla, wolves animated the landscape of the Southwest. It tingles the spine of all who hear wolves at night, or scan their tracks by day. Even out of sight or sound of wolf, it is implicit in a hundred small events: Only the ineducable tyro can fail to sense the presence or absence of wolves.
The Howl of the Implicit. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes— something known only to her and to the mountain. But seeing the green ire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain would agree with such a view. After the experience that it describes, there followed a personal transformation, a conversion, as it were, from one state of being to another.
Leopold left the church of anthropocentric, utilitarian resource conservation, which he had joined at Yale. He eventually went on to found the new nonanthropocentric, deontological church of evolutionary-ecological ethics.
Saul of Tarsus became Paul the Apostle.
Following the killing of the Wolf and seeing the dying lame in her eyes, Leopold was born again, no longer the same person as before. Or so this narrative is crafted to suggest. University of Minnesota Press, , pp. They play the role of the new Genesis in this new holy writ. Yet Homo sapiens is spectacularly different from all other animal species in that very capacity which has so fascinated continental philosophers: We are thinking animals; if not uniquely thinking animals, then certainly, among all animals, we specialize and excel in thinking.
The secret Leopold, or who really wrote A Sand County Almanac?
In The Descent of Man, Darwin himself speculated on the evolution of human intelligence, among other signal, and closely associated, human capacities—such as language and ethics. In his book, Thinking Animals: Animals and the Development of Human Intelligence Athens: University of Georgia Press, There, going beyond Leopold, he explores the way intersubjective interaction with animal Others not only changes our understanding of what it means to be human, intersubjective interaction with animal Others is indeed what made Homo sapiens human.
Ironically, according to Shepard, it was the human relationship to animals that created a metaphysical lacuna between humans and animals—if indeed there is such a lacuna. While Shepard is certainly working in the tradition pioneered by Darwin in De- scent, is he also consciously extending the insights of Leopold in A Sand County Almanac? Rather the theory of evolution, for both Leopold and Shepard, represents a new Genesis, a mythic alternative to the bibli- cal account of creation, with powerful religious overtones.
Leopold and Shepard both appreciate what few others have: In his anecdote-illed swansong, The Others: Evolutionary thinking gives me relat- edness, continuity with the past, common ground with other life, a kind of celebration of diversity.
Yes, there is. That would be Rudolph Bennitt, a quail man, who was a family friend of the Shepards; and the place of study would be the University of Missouri.
By the time I left Columbia, Missouri, in the summer of , Leopold was dead and we had all seen his new book, A Sand County Almanac, published posthumously. Those three years and that book framed the question that has dogged me ever since. Island Press, , pp. Shepard graduated from the University of Missouri in , with a double major in English literature and wildlife conservation.
He completed his Ph. Evelyn Hutchinson. Just how does Shepard think that animals made us human? Concepts are the currency of human thought.Skip to main content. Eblen, eds. Critical Concepts in the Environment, vols. Many animal Others are intentional subjects as well; they too enjoy intentional consciousness, no less than we. Crist, and T. Animals do not come in a continuum—wolf, wolf-wolf-cougar, wolf-cougar, cougar-cougar-wolf, cougar.
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