Philosophy 53 (206):551-559 (1978)

Authors
John Cottingham
University of Reading
Abstract
To be able to believe that a dog with a broken paw is not really in pain when it whimpers is a quite extraordinary achievement even for a philosopher. Yet according to the standard interpretaion, this is just what Descartes did believe. He held, we are informed, the ‘monstrous’ thesis that ‘animals are without feeling or awareness of any kind’. The Standard view has been reiterated in a recent collection on animal rights, which casts Descartes as the villain of the piece for his alleged view that animals merely behave ‘ as if they feel pain when they are, say, kicked or stabbed’. The basis for this widely accepted interpretation is Descartes' famous doctrine of ‘animal machine’ ; a doctrine that one critic condemns as ‘a grim fortaste of a mechanically minded age’ which ‘brutally violates the old kindly fellowship of living things’
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1017/S0031819100026371
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 62,401
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Panpsychism, Intuitions, and the Great Chain of Being.Luke Roelofs & Jed Buchanan - 2019 - Philosophical Studies 176 (11):2991-3017.

View all 23 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Descartes on Animals Revisited.Michael R. Miller - 2013 - Journal of Philosophical Research 38:89-114.
Descartes on Animals.Peter Harrison - 1992 - Philosophical Quarterly 42 (167):219-227.
Descartes on the Moral Status of Animals.Gary Steiner - 1998 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 80 (3):268-291.
Unmasking Descartes’s Case for the Bête Machine Doctrine.Lex Newman - 2001 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 31 (3):389-425.
Kant on Descartes and the Brutes.Steve Naragon - 1990 - Kant-Studien 81 (1):1-23.
Descartes: The Smear and Related Misconstruals.Justin Leiber - 2011 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 41 (4):365-376.
Descartes' Treatment of Animals.John Cottingham - 1998 - In Descartes. Oxford University Press.
Cartesian Environmental Ethics.Cecilia Wee - 2001 - Environmental Ethics 23 (3):275-286.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2015-02-04

Total views
82 ( #129,865 of 2,445,468 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
4 ( #185,305 of 2,445,468 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes