Descartes and Diesel: An Homage To A Dead Police Dog
Nov. 20, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — I love dogs. That is especially true for police dogs.
A French police dog named “Diesel” was killed during a police raid that targeted the suspected mastermind of the deadly terror attacks in Paris.
Renee Descartes, a Frenchman and the father of modern philosophy, thought of dogs and other sentient animals as machines. This allowed Descartes to do horrible things:
Descartes and his followers performed experiments in which they nailed animals by their paws onto boards and cut them open to reveal their beating hearts. They burned, scalded, and mutilated animals in every conceivable manner. When the animals reacted as though they were suffering pain, Descartes dismissed the reaction as no different from the sound of a machine that was functioning improperly. A crying dog, Descartes maintained, is no different from a whining gear that needs oil.
Patrick J Battuello, Descartes’ machines, timesunion (September 22, 2013).
Had Descartes known Diesel, I am pretty sure that philosophy would have been better off.
Richard G. Kopf
Senior United States District Judge (NE)
Photo Credit: Daily Mail. Seven-year-old French police dog Diesel pictured with her service medals