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On Monsters An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears

ISBN-10: 0199798095
ISBN-13: 9780199798094
Edition: 2011
Authors: Stephen T. Asma
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Stephen T. Asma is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia College Chicago, where he holds the title of Distinguished Scholar.

Introduction: Extraordinary Beings
Repulsion and Attraction
The Literal and the Symbolic
Ancient Monsters
Alexander Fights Monsters in India
Monsters Are Nature's Playthings
Monstrous Bones
Natural History and Credulity
Monstrous Races
Hermaphrodites and Man-headed Oxen
In-between Beings
Reason and Superstition
Aristotle's Monsters
Phantom Images
Monstrous Desire
Plato's Monster
Monstrous Mother
Medieval Monsters: Messages from God
Biblical Monsters
God's Lackeys
The Apocalypse
Do Monsters Have Souls?
Monsters and a Creator God
Baptizing the Monstrous Races
The Descent of Monsters
Alexander's Gates
The Monster Killer
"I Have Known Much Peril"
Tolkien's Tragic Beowulf
Possessing Demons and Witches
St. Anthony Fights the Demons
The Witch Hunter Illusion or Reality?
Monstrous Desires Revisited
Driving Out the Demons
Scientific Monsters: The book of Nature is Riddled with Typos
Natural History, Freaks, and Nondescripts
The Hydra
Eradicating the Fantastic
Responding to the Marvelous
A Mischievous Taxidermist
The Medicalization of Monsters
Monstrous Births
Pregnant Women Should Not Look upon Monsters
Monsters and the Mechanization of Nature
John Hunter's Monsters
Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire's Teratology
William Lawrence and the Headless Children
Darwin's Mutants
Monsters and Transmutation
No Monstrous Jumps in Nature
Mutationism and Hopeful Monsters
Alberch, Gould, and the Return of the Monsters
Inner Monsters: The Psychological Aspects
The Art of Human Vulnerability: Angst and Horror
Fear and Cognitive Mismatch
Angst and Fear
Torture Porn
Creeping Flesh
Criminal Monsters: Psychopathology, Aggression, and the Malignant Heart
Monsters in the Headlines
Leopold and Loeb
Rage and Aggression
Monstrous Desire Revisited
Cold Detachment
The Causes of Psychopathology
Judging and Managing the Monsters
Monsters Today and Tomorrow
Torturers, Terrorists, and Zombies: The Products of Monstrous Societies
Xenophobia and Race
Theoretical Xenophobia
Monstrous Civilizations
Pathological Societies
Monsters from the Oppressed Classes
Monsters of Ideology Deconstructing Monsters
Future Monsters: Robots, Mutants, and Posthuman Cyborgs
Mutants and Robots
Disembodied Minds Playing God: Biotechnology
Are Monsters in the Eye of the Beholder?

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