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Dumb beasts and dead philosophers : humanity and the humane in ancient philosophy and literature

Author: Catherine Rowett
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This unusual philosophy book asks the reader to reconsider the received view that animal rights have no place in ancient thought. Catherine Osborne argues that by reflecting on the work of the  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine Rowett
ISBN: 9780199568277 0199568278 9780199282067 0199282064
OCLC Number: 294886670
Notes: Originally published: Oxford: Clarendon, 2007.
Description: xi, 262 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : On William Blake, nature, and mortality --
On nature and providence : readings in Herodotus, Protagoras, and Democritus --
On the transmigration of souls : reincarnation into animal bodies in Pythagoras, Empedocles, and Plato --
On language, concepts, and automata : rational and irrational animals in Aristotle and Descartes --
On the disadvantages of being a complex organism : Aristotle and the scala naturae --
On the vice of sentimentality : Androcles and the lion and some extraordinary adventures in the Desert Fathers --
On the notion of natural rights : defending the voiceless and oppressed in the tragedies of Sophocles --
On self-defence and utilitarian calculations : Democritus of Abdera and Hermarchus of Mytilene --
On eating animals : Porphyry's dietary rules for philosophers.
Responsibility: Catherine Osborne.

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