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

Catherine Osborne


The book is about three things. First, how Ancient thinkers perceived humans as like or unlike other animals; second about the justification for taking a humane attitude towards natural things; and third about how moral claims count as true, and how they can be discovered or acquired. Was Aristotle was right to see continuity in the psychological functions of animal and human souls? The question cannot be settled without taking a moral stance. As we can either focus on continuity or on discontinuities, how should natural science draw the boundaries? Moral agents act and react in a world that t ... More

Keywords: ancient, humans, animals, moral, science, truth, poetry, literature, humane, philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199282067
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282067.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Osborne, author
University of East Anglia
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