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Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture

Filippo Del Lucchese


This volume is the first systematic investigation into the concept of monstrosity in ancient philosophy and culture. The Author suggests that far from being a peripheral problem, monstrosity is one of the main conceptual challenges for every philosophical system. Ancient authors explores metaphysics, ontology, theology, politics attempting to respond to the threat presented by the radical alterity of monstrous manifestations, both in nature and in thought. Does order come from, and put an end to, chaos or is chaos the monstrous destiny of any supposed order? Is monstrosity a positive sign of t ... More

Keywords: Monstrosity, Nature, Norm, Identity, Otherness, Epicureanism, Stoicism, Skepticism, Platonism, Aristotelianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474456203
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456203.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Filippo Del Lucchese, author
Brunel University, London