Predators and Princes: From Kinship To Kingship

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Over the past few decades I have come to understand that the gradual transition to a pastoral and agriculturally-based economy, and thus the move to domestication and urbanization, was accompanied by a profound shift in our experience of being in the world, including our self-conception, our relation to other creatures, and our sense of community. On an interpersonal level we can get a sense of this transformation through the eyes of biblical myth in the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis. Here, even the consanguinity of brother to brother is betrayed by the newly competitive economic relations of farmer and shepherd.

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About kulturcritic

With a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Sandy had a ten-year academic career, with appointments at University of Virginia and the Colorado School of Mines. He spent the next twenty years in executive ranks at several of America’s largest international firms, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Ernst & Young, and General Electric. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, as well as parts of Eurasia and Africa. For the past five years Sandy has been living in Western Siberia with his wife and young child, teaching at the Pedagogical University and the Altai Institute for Law and Economics in Barnaul, Russia. Published works include VERONIKA: The Siberian's Tale (a novel), (Islands Press 2011) Apocalypse Of The Barbarians: Inquisitions On Empire (Islands Press, 2010), The Recovery of Ecstasy: Notebooks From Siberia (Booksurge, 2009), Recollective Resolve: A Phenomenological Understanding of Time and Myth (Mercer University Press, 1987), Ethical Decisionmaking Styles (Addison-Wesley Press, 1986), and Gandhi in the Postmodern Age: Issues in War and Peace (CSM Press,1984).
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