Dumb Beasts and Dead Philosophers: Humanity and the Humane in Ancient Philosophy and Literature

Dumb Beasts and Dead Philosophers: Humanity and the Humane in Ancient Philosophy and Literature

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by Catherine Osborne
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199568278

ISBN-13: 9780199568277

Pub. Date: 08/03/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Animal rights do not feature explicitly in ancient thought. Indeed the notion of natural rights in general is not obviously present in the classical world. Plato and Aristotle are typically read as racist and elitist thinkers who barely recognize the humanity of their fellow humans. Surely they would be the last to show up as models of the humane view of other kinds?  See more details below

Overview

Animal rights do not feature explicitly in ancient thought. Indeed the notion of natural rights in general is not obviously present in the classical world. Plato and Aristotle are typically read as racist and elitist thinkers who barely recognize the humanity of their fellow humans. Surely they would be the last to show up as models of the humane view of other kinds?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199568277
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/03/2009
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Part One: Constructing Divisions
Chapter 1 Introduction: on William Blake, nature and mortality
Chapter 2 On nature and providence: readings in Herodotus, Protagoras and Democritus

Part Two: Perceiving Continuities
Chapter 3 On the transmigration of souls: reincarnation into animal bodies in Pythagoras, Empedocles and Plato
Chapter 4 On language, concepts and automata: rational and irrational animals in Aristotle and Descartes
Chapter 5 On the disadvantages of being a complex organism: Aristotle and the scala naturae

Part Three: Being Realistic
Chapter 6 On the vice of sentimentality: Androcles and the Lion and some extraordinary adventures in the Desert Fathers
Chapter 7 On the notion of natural rights: defending the voiceless and oppressed in the Tragedies of Sophocles
Chapter 8 On self-defence and utilitarian calculations: Democritus of Abdera and Hermarchus of Mytilene
Chapter 9 On eating animals: Porphyry's dietary rules for philosophers

Conclusion
Part One: Constructing Divisions
1. Introduction: on William Blake, nature and mortality
2. On nature and providence: readings in Herodotus, Protagoras and Democritus
Part Two: Perceiving Continuities
3. On the transmigration of souls: reincarnation into animal bodies in Pythagoras, Empedocles and Plato
4. On language, concepts and automata: rational and irrational animals in Aristotle and Descartes
5. On the disadvantages of being a complex organism: Aristotle and the scala naturae
Part Three: Being Realistic
6. On the vice of sentimentality: Androcles and the Lion and some extraordinary adventures in the Desert Fathers
7. On the notion of natural rights: defending the voiceless and oppressed in the Tragedies of Sophocles
8. On self-defence and utilitarian calculations: Democritus of Abdera and Hermarchus of Mytilene
9. On eating animals: Porphyry's dietary rules for philosophers
Conclusion

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