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CANIS LUPUS COSMOPOLIS: WOLVES IN A COSMOPOLITAN WORLDVIEW

In: Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology
Author: William Lynn
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Abstract

The subject of wolf recovery in North America sparks heated controversy, both for and against. This paper explores how this subject is informed by cosmopolitan worldviews. These worldviews pull nature and culture into a common orbit of ethical meaning, with implications for the normative relationships that ought to pertain in landscapes shared by people and wolves. This theoretical outlook is illustrated using the controversy over wolves in the northeastern region of the United States. I conclude with a set of reflections on theorizing the cosmopolis, the interpretation of cosmopolitan landscapes, and living with cosmopolitan wolves.

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