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Animals: A History

Peter Adamson and G. Fay Edwards


It is commonly assumed that serious philosophical reflection on animals goes back only a few hundred years, to the Utilitarians or to the rise of Darwinism. This volume shows that, to the contrary, animals have been a subject of controversy and reflection in all periods of the history of philosophy. We trace the story from Greek and Indian antiquity through the Islamic and Latin medieval traditions, to Renaissance and early modern thought, ending with contemporary ideas about animals. Two main questions that arise throughout the volume are: What capacities can be ascribed to animals, and How s ... More

Keywords: animals, ethics, mind, history of philosophy, Darwinism, philosophy of science, non-Western philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199375967
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199375967.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Adamson, editor
Professor of Late Ancient and Arabic Philosophy, LMU in Munich

G. Fay Edwards, editor
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Washington University in St. Louis

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