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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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Jul 12, 2005
Publisher College Publications
ISBN 1904987303 ISBN13 9781904987307
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Table of Contents Apr 26, 2006
MONSTERS AND PHILOSOPHY 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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