Anthropocentrism and Its Discontents: The Moral Status of Animals in the History of Western Philosophy

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University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005 - 332 páginas
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"This book is the first-ever comprehensive examination of views on animals in the history of Western philosophy, from the pre-Socratics to the postmoderns. As Gary Steiner points out, anthropocentrism has been the historically dominant view, based in part on a theocentric view which places the moral status of humans in a position superior to that of animals and inferior to that of a supreme being (or beings). Humans have seen themselves as unique in their capacity to achieve the status of "lords of nature"; they have therefore used animals as instruments to serve their needs. But Steiner also wants to show that throughout history there has been a smaller, less visible contingent of heterodox thinkers who have argued for the rights and status of animals. Their dissatisfaction with self-asserted human superiority and the resulting injustices that have been done to animals forms the basis for Steiner's reexamination of Western philosophy."--BOOK JACKET.

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Acknowledgments
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Epic and PreSocratic Thought
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The Status of Animals in Medieval Christianity 112
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Gary Steiner is John Howard Harris Professor of Philosophy at Bucknell University.  He is the author of Descartes as a Moral Thinker: Christianity, Technology, Nihilism and translator of Prauss's Knowing and Doing in Heidegger's ”Being and Time” and Löwith's Martin Heidegger and European Nihilism.

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