Animals, Extraterrestrial Life and Anthropocentrism in the Seventeenth Century

Wolloch, Nathaniel
October 2002
Seventeenth Century;Autumn2002, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p235
Academic Journal
The article explores the connection, in seventeenth-century thought, between philosophical views regarding animals, the debate about the possibility of the existence of extraterrestrial life, and anthropocentrism as an element in the culture of that era. Various seventeenth-century figures are discussed. Both the debate regarding animals and the debate regarding the possibility of extraterrestrial life were often discussed by the same author, albeit not necessarily in conjunction. But the reason for discussing them together is that they both evince important points regarding anthropocentric thought in the seventeenth century. Therefore the article uses the connection between these two issues to investigate the nature of seventeenth-century anthropocentrism.


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