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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 by Catherine Osborne
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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.

Author Biography

Catherine Osborne is Professor of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia.
Release date Australia
May 1st, 2009
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Pages
278
Dimensions
156x233x22
ISBN-13
9780199568277
Product ID
3040662

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