By Stephen T. Newmyer

Ancient Greeks endeavored to outline the person vis-à-vis different animal species through setting apart capacities and endowments which they thought of to be designated to people. This strategy towards defining the person nonetheless looks with dazzling frequency, in smooth philosophical treatises, in glossy animal behavioral reviews, and in animal rights literature, to argue either for and opposed to the location that people are precise and designated due to one or one other characteristic or ability that they're believed to own. many of the claims of man’s distinctive endowments have lately turn into the topic of extensive research by means of cognitive ethologists performed in non-laboratory contexts. the controversy is as vigorous now as in classical instances, and, what's of specific word, the examples and strategies of argumentation used to turn out one or one other place on any factor with regards to the original prestige of people that one encounters in modern philosophical or ethological literature usually bear in mind old precedents.

This is the 1st book-length learn of the ‘man on my own of animals’ topos in classical literature, now not limiting its research to Greco-Roman claims of man’s highbrow specialty, yet together with classical assertions of man’s physiological and emotional strong point. It vitamins this research of historical manifestations with an exam of ways the usual survives and has been restated, remodeled, and prolonged in modern ethological literature and within the literature of the animal rights and animal welfare hobbies. writer Stephen T. Newmyer demonstrates that the anthropocentrism detected in Greek functions of the ‘man by myself of animals’ topos is not just alive and good in lots of aspects of the present debate on human-animal relatives, yet that scuffling with its unwanted effects is a said target of a few sleek philosophers and activists.

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