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Peter Adamson and G. Fay Edwards

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199375967

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199375967.001.0001

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Reflection

Reflection

animal intelligence: examples of the human-animal border in medieval literature

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(p.151) Reflection
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Animals
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Sabine Obermaier

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199375967.003.0010

Animals are pervasive in medieval literature. Yet, as in medieval philosophy, they are rarely considered an object of interest in their own right. Instead they are invoked as part of humankind’s natural environment or as the property or antagonists of humans. They appear as metaphors representing human affairs, as indicators of the status or inner qualities of humans. A key component in the contrast between animals and humans is the (rational) superiority of humans....

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