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Monsters and Philosophy (Texts in Philosophy) [Paperback]

By C. T. Wolfe (Editor)
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If one looks at the history of philosophy (Aristotle, Lucretius, Augustine, Montaigne, Malebranche, Locke, Leibniz, and Diderot, to name some crucial figures) the right way, monsters (not 'mythical' entities but rather those forms of life which we would now call biological anomalies, teratogenic accidents of embryogenesis, etc.) simply leap off the page. Whether out of a desire to understand biological reality, or a more metaphysical concern with asserting the ultimate truth of 'norms' and 'deviations' as manifest in Nature itself, philosophy's concern with the natural world is not reducible to debates about space and time, matter and force, or animal rights. A prominent feature here is the debates over form and species, on the one hand (especially in the period from the Renaissance to the early modern period), and on the mechanisms of generation, which we would now call development, on the other hand (from the early modern period to the late eighteenth century). This collection of essays by prominent European and American scholars seeks to examine the cases when philosophy comes down into the biological realm and looks at problems like the existence of monsters.

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Pages   308
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 12, 2005
Publisher   College Publications
ISBN  1904987303  
ISBN13  9781904987307  

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Table of Contents  Apr 26, 2006
Ed: Charles T. Wolfe
Publisher: College Publications. For more information see below.
Volume 3 in the "Texts in Philosophy" Series

Table of Contents

Introduction: Charles Wolfe

The Riddle of the Sphinx: Aristotle, Penelope, and Empedocles:
Johannes Fritsche

Science as a Cure for Fear: The Status of Monsters in Lucretius:
Morgan Meis

Nature and its Monsters During the Renaissance: Montaigne and Vanini:
Tristan Dagron
Trans. Stacey Dagron

Conjoined Twins and the Limits of our Reason:
Annie Bitbol-Hesperies

Degeneration and Hybridism in the Early Modern Species Debate: Towards the Philosophical Roots of the Creation-Evolution Controversy:
Justin E H Smith

Leibniz on the Unicorn and Various other Curiosities:
Roger Ariew

The Creativity of God and the Order of Nature: Anatomizing Monsters in the Early Eighteenth Century:
Anita Guerrini

The Status of Anomalies in the Philosophy of Diderot:
Annie Ibrahim
Trans. Lynn Niizawa

The Materialist Denial of Monsters:
Charles T. Wolfe

Cerebral Asymmetry, Monstrosities and Hegel. On the Situation of the Life Sciences in 1800:
Michael Hagner
Trans. Nicolas de Warren

The Lady Knight of the Perilous Place:
Elfriede Jelinek
Trans. Justin E H Smith and Michael M Seifried

Monster: More than a Word ... From Portent to Annomaly, the Extraordinary Career of Monsters:
Beate Ochsner

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