346. Cecilia Muratori on Animals in the Renaissance

Posted on 5 April 2020

An interview with Cecilia Muratori, an expert on the surprisingly modern ideas about non-human animals that emerged in the Renaissance.

Further Reading

• C. Muratori and G. Paganini (ed.), Early Modern Philosophers and the Renaissance Legacy (Dordrecht: 2016).

• C. Muratori and B. Dohm (eds), Ethical Perspectives on Animals in the Early Modern Period (Galluzzo: 2013).

• C. Muratori (ed.), The Animal Soul and the Human Mind: Renaissance Debates (Pisa: 2013).

• C. Muratori, “Medical and Ethical Aspects of Vegetarianism: On the Reception of Porphyry’s De abstinentia in the Renaissance,” in M. Gadebusch Bondio (ed.), Medical Ethics: Premodern Negotiations between Medicine and Philosophy (Stuttgart: 2014), 143-60.

• C. Muratori, “Between Machinery and Rationality: Two Opposing Views on Animals in the Renaissance – and Their Common Origin,” Lo Sguardo 18 (2015), 11-22.

• C. Muratori, “From Animal Bodies to Human Souls: Animals in Della Porta’s Physiognomics,” Early Science and Medicine 22 (2017), 1-23.

• C. Muratori, “Real Animals in Ideal Cities: The Place and Use of Animals in Renaissance Utopian Literature,” Renaissance Studies 31 (2017), 223-39.

• C. Muratori, “‘In Human Shape to Become the Very Beast!’ Henry More on Animals,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 25 (2017), 897-915.

• C. Muratori, "Animals in the Renaissance: You Eat What You Are," in P. Adamson and F. Edwards (eds), Animals: A History (Oxford: 2018), 163-86.

• C. Muratori, Renaissance Vegetarianism: the Philosophical Afterlives of Porphyry’s On Abstinence (Cambridge: 2020).



Eric Valk 27 April 2020

Another great interview: Interesting topic, knowledgeable  guest and entertaining conversation.
Never realised the philosophical challenges cannibals and elephants would pose.

This interview was also one of the first moments I realised that I start to link names to subjects, schools of thought and events that you have addressed in older episodes. This makes the series even more enjoyable. Keep up the great work!

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