When Wildlife Isn’t So Wild.

Bears are wild animals. Dogs are pets. It’s pretty simple, right?

Events in my hometown this summer had me rethinking this. I wrote a short essay on the topic for The Philosophical Salon. One part of the essay explores a growing disenchantment with the words ‘wild’ and ‘wilderness.’ Another looks lovingly, and a bit critically, at our canine best friends.

Enjoy “The Spurious Wild of Wilderness.”

Photo credit: Jannie Hanson

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