Socrates and Plato
Renaissance / Reformation
Age of the Sutra
Buddhists and Jains
Slavery / Diaspora
Africana 20th Century
animal nature vs. human nature
What an important topic! (Obviously you'll have to continue pursuing it, and again when you get into the 17th and 18th centuries.) I'm very curious how it will go on in the middle ages.
Yes, as it happens this is an interest of mine anyway. I actually have another interview (with Cecilia Muratori) already recorded, on animals in Renaissance philosophy, though you'll have to wait a while to hear it!
Very nice episode.
Interesting outside the animal sphere too. But now I will never look at my neighbour the same...
This Subject is Fundamental in the Abortion Debate
This issue is alive in the abortion debate. Those who are pro-life say that a human fetus is part of the species and should be considered a person. Those who are pro-choice say that fetuses haven't developed rational facilities and can be aborted with impunity.
Interesting episode. One rather peculiar feature of late mediaeval and early modern European jurisprudence was the criminal prosecution of animals, which seems hard to justify if animals aren't capable of moral judgements. It sounds like the jurists weren't following the line of the philosophers here.
True! Actually in a paper that Toivanen wrote about this topic in a book I edited, he did mention these trials. But you're right that it is hard to square with the philosophical views on animals prevalent at the time!
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