Flyer – "Ethical Perspectives on Animals 1400-1650"

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Flyer – "Ethical Perspectives on Animals 1400-1650"

CONVENORS:TAGUNGSORTCenter for Advanced Studies(CAS)Seestraße 1380802 Münchenwww.cas.uni-muenchen.dePROF. DR. BURKHARD DOHM(UNIVERSITÄT MARBURG)DR. CECILIA MURATORI(LMU München)The aim of the conference is to investigate waysin which ethical concern for animals wasexpressed in philosophical, religious, medicaland literary writings during the Renaissance.Through an interdisciplinary approach, theconference focuses attention on a neglected topic,showing that questions about the ethicaltreatment of animals played an important role inthe Renaissance debate on the place of man innature. Even before Descartes’ theory of animalautomatism sparked the well known controversyon animals’ capacity for suffering, Renaissancephilosophers, religious thinkers and scientists hadin many cases already put animal suffering "onthe agenda" - as contemporary advocates ofanimal rights would say. Is the fact that animalssuffer a reason to choose a vegetable diet? But ifvegetarianism necessarily subverts the Christianidea of a hierarchy of beings - as Augustine hadalready argued - what place did it occupy inRenaissance religious thought? While Aristotle’sdescription of the world and his psychology arechallenged, the distinction between plants,animals and human beings also assumes newshapes. But what remains of the differencebetween man and animal, if we understand natureas a continuum in which gradual diversificationoccurs? And what would be the ethicalconsequences for man’s relationship to animals?ong>Ethicalong> ong>Perspectivesong> onAnimals1400-1650LMU München 6-7 October 2011Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Two Monkeys(1562)


Thursday, 6. 10. 119:30-10:00Coffee and Welcome Address10:00-10:15 Introduction1. Animal Intelligence between Antiquityand the Renaissance(Chair: Burkhard Dohm)10:15-11:00 Amber Carpenter (York)Eating Your Own: Exploring ConceptualSpace for Moral Restraint11:00-11:45 Cecilia Muratori (Munich)The Dilemma of Continuity: Campanellaon the Rationality of Animals and theImpossibility of Vegetarianism11:45-12:15 Coffee(Chair: Cecilia Muratori)12:15-13:00 Fabio Pagani (Pisa)Between Palaeography and Philosophy:Pletho on Animal Souls13:00-14:30 Lunch14:30-15:15 Nicola Panichi (Urbino)Tra Circe e Ulisse: Montaigne el’animalité15:15-16:00 Franco Bacchelli (Bologna)Il problema dell’intelligenza animalenell’Asino di Niccolò Machiavelli16:00-16:30 Coffee2. Natural Sciences and the Limits of theHuman(Chair: Amber Carpenter)16:30-17:15 Guido Giglioni (London)Life and its Animal Boundaries: ong>Ethicalong>Implications in Early Modern Theories ofUniversal Animation17:15-18:00 Gabriella Zuccolin (Pavia)Changing ong>Ethicalong> ong>Perspectivesong> on theHuman-Animal Relation in the Speculumphisionomie by Michele Savonarola (1442)18:00-18:15 Short Break(Chair: Burkhard Dohm)18:15-19:00 Urte Helduser (Marburg)Das Monster als Grenzfigur: Tier/Mensch-Unterscheidungen in ethischerPerspektive19:00-c. 21:00 Reception at CASFriday, 7. 10. 11(Chair: Cecilia Muratori)9:30-10:15 Rhodri Lewis (Oxford)Learning from Animals in the Early RoyalSociety: The Case of William Petty3. Animal Ethics in Radical ReligiousContexts10:15-11:00 James Vigus (Munich)'That which people do trample uponmust be thy food': The Animal Creationin George Fox’s Journal11:00-11:30 Coffee(Chair: James Vigus)11:30-12:15 Burkhard Dohm (Marburg)Vegetarismus-Konzepte im deutschenund englischen Spiritualismus des 16.und 17. Jahrhunderts12:15-13:00 Kathrin Schlierkamp (Munich)How to Treat Every Animal Right: AnneConway’s Principles of the Most Ancientand Modern Philosophy13:00-14:30 Lunch4. Animals and Politics(Chair: Cecilia Muratori)14:30-15:15 Matthias Roick (Göttingen)Keeping Animals at Court: ong>Ethicalong> Self-Fashioning in the Renaissance15:15-16:00 Gianni Paganini (Vercelli)Political Animals in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy: Some RivalParadigms16:00-16:30 Coffee16:30-c. 17:30 Discussion

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