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ManhuntsA Philosophical History$
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Grégoire Chamayou

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151656

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151656.001.0001

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Diseased Sheep and Wolf-Men

Diseased Sheep and Wolf-Men

(p.19) Chapter 3 Diseased Sheep and Wolf-Men

Grégoire Chamayou

Steven Rendall

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on Christian pastoralist conceptions of hunting. Christian pastoralism was opposed to cynegetic power: fishing for souls rather than hunting for men, persuasion rather than coercion. Pastoral power was defined as antihunting. However, the paradox is that it developed its own cynegetic practices, its own forms of manhunts, pastoral hunts. What fundamentally distinguished the pastoral model from the cynegetic model, and what radically forbade the former to entertain any predatory relationship, was the imperative of caring and protecting. A protective power versus a predatory power: that was the line of opposition. But pastoral hunting took place precisely in the name of protecting the flock. To protect the flock sometimes one has to hunt down certain sheep, to sacrifice a few to save all the others. Here we are no longer in a logic of predatory appropriation but rather in a rationality of salutary ablation and beneficent exclusion.

Keywords:   Christian pastoralism, pastoralists, pastoral hunting, manhunting, manhunts, cynegetic power, pastoral hunts, predatory power, protective power

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