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Adam's Task : Calling Animals by Name

Hearne, Vicki

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ISBN 10: 0394542142 / ISBN 13: 9780394542140
Published by Random House Inc, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A., 1986

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Quality Hardback : hard cover edition in Very Good condition, some slight wear to edges, as normal for age of book; and in a Good Dust Jacket with some egdewear and slight chipping. Excellent read. A good book to enjoy and keep on hand. Or would make a great GIFT IDEA for the fan / reader in your life. Size: Animal Behavior / Training. Bookseller Inventory # 5026330

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Title: Adam's Task : Calling Animals by Name

Publisher: Random House Inc, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1986

Illustrator: Dust Cover Illustrated

Book Type: Biography / True Story

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Have you ever watched a horse flick her tail or had a dog greet you at your door and known in your heart that the animal was exhibiting something more than simple instinctual responses? If so, you must read this book. In it Vicki Hearne asserts that animals that interact with humans are more intelligent than we assume. In fact, they are capable of developing an understanding of “the good,” a moral code that influences their motives and actions. Hearne’s thorough studies led her to adopt a new system of animal training that contradicts modern animal behavioral research, but—as her examples show—is astonishingly effective. Hearne’s theories will make every trainer, animal psychologist, and animal-lover stop, think, and question.

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From "AUDUBON MAGAZINE," which chose it as one of the thirteen most significant books about nature publishing during the last hundred yers, to Susan Sontag, who hailed it as a "fascinating, incisive work of moral imagination," admirers of "Adam's Task" have praised it is one of our era's most original and brilliant books about language, domestic animals (dogs, cats, horses), and ourselves. Drawing on the discourses of philosophy and animal training, Vicki Hearne makes a case, in boldly anthromorphic terms, for attributing to the creatures we love, train, and play with, the potential for a "moral understanding" of their relationship to us--the potential, in other words, for nobility and dignity. With a new introduction by Donald McCaig.

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