Animal machine

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Animal machine or Bête machine (Fr., animal-machine), is a philosophical notion from Descartes who held that animals were machines unable to think. This implied a fundamental difference between animals and humans (cf. L'homme Machine).[1]

Now this theory is strongly challenged.[2]

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  1. ^ MAN-MACHINE FROM THE GREEKS TO THE COMPUTER, from Dictionary of the History of Ideas (1973)
  2. ^ Georges Chapouthier, "Le respect de l’animal dans ses racines historiques : de l’animal-objet à l’animal sensible", Bull. Acad. Vet. France, 2009, vol. 162 (1), p.5-12 (in french)