By Niall Shanks

ISBN-10: 1576072460

ISBN-13: 9781576072462

Animals and technological know-how examines what technology has (and has now not) taught us concerning the nature of nonhuman animals and explores the ethical, non secular, social, and clinical implications of these teachings. It exhibits how the clinical research of animals, specially their cognitive skills, has remodeled our figuring out of them. Animals and technological know-how lines our evolving knowing of animal soreness and considers its ethical relevance to people. It discusses Darwin's belief-shattering concept that species modifications will not be absolute, then lines its effect to the current day.

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Regan and Singer 1989, pp. 8–9) Cruelty to animals is thus revealed as not being bad in and of itself, but as being bad for fear that cruel persons will acquire bad habits in the context of their relations to animals that will affect adversely their relations with their fellow rational creatures. Other Medieval Perspectives St. Thomas Aquinas is but one medieval thinker, and others had more charitable views about animals. In particular, St. Francis of Assisi 10 • The Essence of the Problem: Medieval Legacies Saint Francis of Assisi (1182– 1226), founder of the Franciscan Order, preaching to the birds.

In this I showed the anatomy of the foetus or of pregnancy as I shall tell you. (Clendening 1960, p. 123) But di Lucci’s work was crude and contained many errors and was in fact treated by many anatomists as a supplement to Galen. Moreover, di Lucci’s book was basically a practical dissection manual, uninformed by the powerful mechanical metaphors that made The Essence of the Problem: Medieval Legacies • 17 possible the explosion of anatomical and physiological inquiry in the Renaissance. As we will see in the next chapter, these metaphors do their work by providing the investigator with a theoretical framework in terms of which structural and functional analogies between animals of different species can be located, organized, and conceptualized.

In the tenth century, the horse proved to be a valuable source of nonhuman power in agriculture and the operation of machines. (Hulton/ Archive) Re Metallica afford a glimpse at medieval mechanical sophistication. They also provide examples of some of the ingenious ways in which medieval engineers exploited water, wind, and animal power. If one looks at one of Agricola’s machines—as one might at an old, mechanical clock—one sees that a machine is a complex system, consisting of numerous parts (cogs, gears, levers, cranks, and so on).

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