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Più o meno razionali. Le bestie parlanti di Porfirio

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Titolo Più o meno razionali. Le bestie parlanti di Porfirio
More or Less Rational. Porphyry’s Talking Beasts
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Editore Vita e Pensiero
Formato Articolo | Pdf
Online da 10-2022
Doi 10.26350/001050_000344
Issn 0035-6247 (stampa) | 1827-7926 (digitale)
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As recently demonstrated by C. Muratori in Renaissance Vegetarianism. The Philosophical Afterlives of Porphyry’s On Abstinence (2020), the Renaissance debate about the philosophical justification of vegetarianism is often based on  Porphyrian sources. In this paper, the attention is dedicated to the question of rationality/irrationality of animals and to the correlative problem whether it is morally acceptable to eat them, with a special focus on Montaigne and  Campanella. Montaigne develops the possibility, shown by Porphyry, to win Aristotle, traditionally considered a great opponent to the theories of animal rationality, to the vegetarian side. Campanella, on the contrary, while acknowledging the rationality of animals, ends up juxtaposing Porphyry and Aristotle; in addition, he does not justify – against Porphyry – the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat. The aim of this paper is showing  how Aristotle’s legacy in the Renaissance, mediated by Porphyry, leads to a complex game of balance and negotiation.

keywords

Vegetarianism, Animal Rationality, Porphyry, Montaigne, Campanella

Biografia dell'autore

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano. Email: paolo.gomarasca@unicatt.it

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