The Epistemological Function of Monsters in the Middle Ages
LO SGUARDO – RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA – N. 9, 2012 (II) – SPAZI DEL MOSTRUOSO. LUOGHI FILOSOFICI DELLA MOSTRUOSITÀ (pp. 13-34)
Monsters in the Middle Ages assumed significant epistemological functions, providing an image of the complete ‘other’ in the human quest for the self. Since late antiquity teratology played a big role in literature, art, philosophy, and religion, but meaning and relevance of monsters changed from author to author (the same applies to their visual representation). This article provides an overview of how the image of the monster changed throughout times and how individual writers evaluated them.