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“The animal outside”: Animal ingenuity and human prudence in French Renaissance political thought

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This essay historicizes Giorgio Agamben’s notion of the “animal outside” as ingenuity by exploring early modern French polemics stemming from the humanist reception of the Machiavellian simile stating that the prince should deploy both the lion’s strength and the fox’s ingenuity. Defined in the Aristotelian corpus and valorized in Plutarch’s Moralia, ingenuity-as-prudence was a set of cognitive responses prompted by appetites and shared by humans and beasts alike. Ingenuity anchors an alterna...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1215/10829636-7724649

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
Medieval and Modern Languages
Sub department:
French
Oxford college:
Magdalen College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Duke University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies Journal website
Volume:
49
Issue:
3
Pages:
521-540
Publication date:
2019-09-01
Acceptance date:
2019-01-18
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EISSN:
1527-8263
ISSN:
1082-9636
Source identifiers:
969238
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pubs:969238
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uuid:470f79b7-6457-437d-aa49-f5ae9c08eff1
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pubs:969238
Deposit date:
2019-02-07

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