Aquinas On The Nature And Treatment Of Animals

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Unlike contemporary philosophers of his time, Aquinas did not think one could adequately study human nature apart from the world of nature and animal life. Dr. Barad argues that Thomas Aquinas incorporates evolutionary concepts into many of his teachings. While elements of a proto-Darwinian formulation exist and while on the ontological and epistemological levels Aquinas emphasizes the continuity between human and other animals, some of his ethical exhortations regarding animals do not take this continuity into account. This study examines Aquinas' inconsistency in these areas and suggests how his various texts can be reconciled. Barad provides a coherent foundation for a contemporary consideration of the rights of animals compatible with evolutionary theory.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573090070
  • Publisher: International Scholars Publications
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Series: Catholic Scholars Press Series
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Does Aquinas Have a Cartesian View of Animals? 7
Ch. 2 The Soul and Its Creation 23
Ch. 3 The Pervasiveness of Hierarchy 39
Ch. 4 The Cleavage Between Plants And Animals 55
Ch. 5 The Continuity of Intelligence 79
Ch. 6 Instinct and Emotion 95
Ch. 7 The Border of Reason 113
Ch. 8 Animals do not deserve moral consideration 133
Ch. 9 Natural Law and Natural Rights 144
Ch. 10 Comparisons and Reconciliation 171
Bibliography 185
Index 191
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