Ancient Philosophy 3 (2):149-159 (1983)

Anthony Preus
State University of New York at Binghamton
After briefly putting Porphyry’s On Abstinence from Animal Food into its historical context, I present two biological theories which appear in this treatise: the first may be called “providential ecology,” the theory that the natural world operates very well without the intervention of man, that God or Nature takes care of biological balance most effectively without human intervention; the second may be called “the rationality of animals,” the theory that there is no radical distinction between human reason and the rationality displayed by animals. Both theories may be placed into the general philosophical position elaborated by the earlier Neoplatonists conceming man’s place in nature, the character of embodied souls, and the interrelationships between being, God, and λόγοϛ; I have not, however, set myself this larger task.
Keywords Ancient Philosophy  Classical Studies  History of Philosophy
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 0740-2007
DOI ancientphil1983322
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: 65,703
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

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Porphyry, De Abstinentia I 7–12.M. J. Boyd - 1936 - Classical Quarterly 30 (3-4):188-191.
Biological Naturalism.John R. Searle - 2007 - In Max Velmans & Susan Schneider (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness. Blackwell.
Does Meaning Evolve?Mark D. Roberts - 2004 - Behavior and Philosophy 32 (2):401 - 426.
Socially Constructing Sexuality: Toward a Postmodernist Theory of Sexual Intimacy.Emily M. Reynolds - 1992 - Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology 12 (1):38-47.
An Evolutionary Theory of Cuisine.Solomon H. Katz - 1990 - Human Nature 1 (3):233-259.
Rationality and Evolution.Peter Danielson - 2004 - In Piers Rawling & Alfred R. Mele (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Rationality. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 417--437.


Added to PP index

Total views
44 ( #248,051 of 2,462,479 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #299,164 of 2,462,479 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes