NATURE IN LEGEND AND STORY
We in NILAS believe that storytelling is a subtle and powerful means of inquiry, with which one may set goals, mediate oppositions, investigate ideas, establish relationships, and construct identity, in a manner that is unobtrusive yet engaging. We seek to explore the philosophical perspective implicit in storytelling, which is not fundamentally anthropocentric or hierarchical, since a character, and even a hero, can just as well be a bear, a tree, or a mountain as a man or woman. We also seek to promote the use of stories in scholarship and pedagogy, not only for entertainment but also, and most especially, to help understand the changing relationships between human beings and other living things from the Paleolithic era to the twenty-first century.
Dr. Boria Sax has a new book out, "The Mythical Zoo: Animals in Life, Legend and Literaruture (2013 edition).