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Title: Miskawayh on Animals
Author(s): ADAMSON, Peter
Journal: Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales
Volume: 89    Issue: 1   Date: 2022   
Pages: 1-24
DOI: 10.2143/RTPM.89.1.3290726

Abstract :
Drawing on all the extant philosophical works of Miskawayh, including his well known Refinement of Character, this paper aims to determine his attitudes towards the psychological capacities and moral standing of non-human animals. Miskawayh most often mentions animals as a contrast to the rationality of humans, but also grants animals likenesses or lesser versions of typically human traits like virtues and friendship. It is argued that for Miskawayh, the teleological design of animals gives humans reasons to show them justice.

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