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History is replete with separate classifications of the human world and the realm of the wild Hunters Philosophers and writers throughout time have drawn a fine distinction between the wild world and the world of Homo sapiens However is this distinction merely a justification to make hunting a morally correct endeavor Perhaps mankind rationalizes the ultimate goal of the hunt in order to provide himself with a loophole or scapegoat-a way to ultimately separate his existence from other non-human animals In order to fully understand Matt Carmills definition of what hunting is we must consider the validity of the countless attempts of man to distinguish between his world and the wild worldIn England during the 17th century hunting was still considered a marker of upper-class status This idea furnished a model for European dominion over the rest of humanity just as man exercised his dominion over the animal kingdom by hunting Carmill 142 Rene Descartes recognized human beings as strangely composite entities part mind and part matter but he regarded all other things as either pure matter like a rock or pure mind like and angel The beasts he insisted are entirely made of body-stuff-and so they have no feelings or sensations Cartmill 95 For the pure fact that we cannot understand the enigma of nature may have been what primed mankind to separate him from the animal world The assumptions mankind conjures about the animal kingdom aid in the creation of two distinct worlds For instance Descartes writes All human beings no matter how dull or stupid even madmen can arrange various words together and fashion them into a discourse through which they make their thoughts understood Contrariwise no animal however perfect of well bred can do anything of the sort This is not simple because they lack the right organ because magpies and parrots can learn to utter words as well as we canand people born deaf and mute-who are a least as
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