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Animals : a history

Author: Peter Adamson; G Fay Edwards
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: Oxford philosophical concepts.
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This volume traces the history of animals in philosophy, from antiquity down to contemporary times. Negative attitudes towards animals, as found in Aristotle and Descartes, turn out to be more nuanced than usually supposed, while remarkable discussions of animal welfare appear in late antiquity, India, the Islamic world, and Kant.
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Animals.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018004743
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Adamson; G Fay Edwards
ISBN: 9780199375967 0199375968 9780199375974 0199375976
OCLC Number: 1005887299
Description: xiv, 454 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Peter Adamson --
Aristotle on animals / Devin Henry --
Reincarnation, rationality, and temperance : Platonists on not eating animals / G. Fay Edwards --
Listening to Aesop's animals / Jeremy B. Lefkowitz --
Illuminating thought : animals in classical Indian thought / Amber D. Carpenter --
The joy of fish and Chinese animal painting / Hou-Mei Sung --
Human and animal nature in the philosophy of the Islamic world / Peter Adamson --
Of rainbow snakes and baffling buffalo : on a Central African mask / Allen F. Roberts --
Marking the boundaries : animals in Medieval Latin philosophy / Juhana Toivanen --
Animal intelligence : examples of the human-animal border in Medieval literature / Sabine Obermaier --
Subversive laughter in Reynard the Fox / James Simpson --
Animals in the Renaissance : you eat what you are / Cecilia Muratori --
Animal souls and beast machines : Descartes's mechanical biology / Deborah J. Brown --
Kant on animals / Patrick Kain --
The gaze of the ape : Gabriel von Max's Affenmalerei and the "question of all questions" / Cecilia Muratori --
The emergence of the drive-concept and the collapse of the animal/human divide / Paul Katsafanas --
Governing Darwin's world / Philip Kitcher --
Morgan's canon : animal psychology in the twentieth century and beyond / Helen Steward --
The contemporary debate in animal ethics / Robert Garner.
Series Title: Oxford philosophical concepts.
Responsibility: edited Peter Adamson and G. Fay Edwards.

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