At the Borders of the Human: Beasts, Bodies, and Natural Philosophy in the Early Modern Period

Palgrave (1999)
Abstract
What is, what was the human? This book argues that the making of the human as it is now understood implies a renogotiation of the relationship between the self and the world. The development of Renaissance technologies of difference such as mapping, colonialism and anatomy paradoxically also illuminated the similarities between human and non-human. This collection considers the borders between humans and their imagined others: animals, women, native subjects, machines. It examines border creatures (hermaphrodites, wildmen, and cyborgs) and border practices (science, surveying, and pornography).
Keywords Philosophical anthropology History  Human beings History
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Call number BD450.A8 1999
ISBN(s) 0312220383   0333973844
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