Brutal reasoning: animals, rationality, and humanity in Early Modern England

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Fudge, E. 2006. Brutal reasoning: animals, rationality, and humanity in Early Modern England. Ithaca Cornell University Press.
TitleBrutal reasoning: animals, rationality, and humanity in Early Modern England
AuthorsFudge, E.
Abstract

This monograph is a re-assessment of a key concern of Renaissance studies – the nature of reason. Unlike earlier studies this book focuses on the use made of animals in debates about reason in the period 1558-1700, and looks at the impact Descartes' ‘beast-machine' hypothesis has had on the writing of history in the west. As such this monograph is a development of EF's earlier book, Perceiving Animals: Humans and Beasts in Early Modern English Culture (Palgrave, 2000), and of her consideration of the nature of an animal historiography in ‘A Left-Handed Blow' (output no. 3).

Research GroupEnglish Language and Literature
ISBN
Hardcover9780801444548
PublisherCornell University Press
Place of publicationIthaca
Publication dates
Print01 Nov 2006
Publication process dates
Deposited11 Nov 2008
Output statusPublished
LanguageEnglish
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