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

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Dumb beasts and dead philosophers : humanity and the humane in ancient philosophy and literature
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Dumb beasts and dead philosophers
Title remainder
humanity and the humane in ancient philosophy and literature
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Catherine Osborne
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Language
eng
Summary
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 recognise the humanity of their fellow humans. Surely they would be the last to show up as models of the humane view of other kinds? In this unusual philosophy book, Catherine Osborne asks the reader to think again. She shows that Plato's views on reincarnation and Aristotle's views on the souls of plants and animals reveal a continuous thread of life in which humans are not morally superior to beasts; Greek tragedy turns up thoughts that mirror the claims of rights activists when they speak for the voiceless; the Desert Fathers teach us to admire the natural perceptiveness of animals rather than the corrupt ways of urban man; the long tradition of arguments for vegetarianism in antiquity highlights how mankind's abuse of other animals is the more offensive the more it is for indulgent ends. What, then, is the humane attitude, and why is it better? How does the humane differ from the sentimental? Is there a truth about how we should treat animals? By reflecting on the work of the ancient poets and philosophers, Osborne argues, we can see when and how we lost touch with the natural intelligence of dumb animals.--Book jacket
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rowett, Catherine
Dewey number
179/.3
Index
index present
LC call number
HV4708
LC item number
.O73 2007
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Animal welfare
  • Philosophy, Ancient
  • Animals in literature
  • Literature, Ancient
  • Animals and civilization
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Dumb beasts and dead philosophers : humanity and the humane in ancient philosophy and literature, Catherine Osborne
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [243]-248) and indexes
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Constructing divisions -- Introduction : on William Blake, nature, and mortality -- On nature and providence : readings in Herodotus, Protagoras, and Democritus -- Part II. Perceiving continuities -- 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 -- Part III. Being realistic -- 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
Control code
77572849
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 262 pages
Isbn
9780199282067
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006102304
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)77572849
Label
Dumb beasts and dead philosophers : humanity and the humane in ancient philosophy and literature, Catherine Osborne
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [243]-248) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Constructing divisions -- Introduction : on William Blake, nature, and mortality -- On nature and providence : readings in Herodotus, Protagoras, and Democritus -- Part II. Perceiving continuities -- 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 -- Part III. Being realistic -- 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
Control code
77572849
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 262 pages
Isbn
9780199282067
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006102304
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)77572849

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