publication . Article . 2017

‘In human shape to become the very beast!’ – Henry More on animals

Muratori, Cecilia;
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  • Published: 16 Mar 2017 Journal: British Journal for the History of Philosophy, volume 25, pages 897-915 (issn: 0960-8788, eissn: 1469-3526, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Animals – both tame and wild, as metaphors and as real presences – populate many of More’s works. In this essay, I show that, from the early Psychodia Platonica to the Divine Dialogues, animals are at the core of key metaphysical issues that reverberate on the levels of psychology and ethics. In particular I discuss three main aspects: (1) the role of animals in More’s critique of atheism, both as safeguard for the body–soul interaction and as proofs of divine providence in nature; (2) the problem of evil in the universe, and how to justify the existence of ‘evil’ animals in particular; (3) the differentiation between animals and humans, especially on the basis ...
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free text keywords: Epistemology, Happiness, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Mathematical proof, Atheism, Cartesianism, Philosophy, Problem of evil, Divine providence, Metaphysics, B1, BF, BJ, BL, GR, P1, QL
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