animal nature

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Noun1.animal nature - the physical (or animal) side of a person as opposed to the spirit or intellectanimal nature - the physical (or animal) side of a person as opposed to the spirit or intellect
nature - the complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person's characteristic actions and reactions; "it is his nature to help others"
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The smoothest curled courtier in the boudoirs of a palace has an animal nature, rude and aboriginal as a white bear, omnipotent to its own ends, and is directly related, there amid essences and billetsdoux, to Himmaleh mountain-chains and the axis of the globe.
There must, he says, be a lower class, given up to physical toil and confined to an animal nature; and a higher one thereby acquires leisure and wealth for a more expanded intelligence and improvement, and becomes the directing soul of the lower.
The original and more potent causes, however, lay in the rare perfection of his animal nature, the moderate proportion of intellect, and the very trifling admixture of moral and spiritual ingredients; these latter qualities, indeed, being in barely enough measure to keep the old gentleman from walking on all-fours.
A series of propositions called the Law (I bad already heard them recited) battled in their minds with the deep-seated, ever-rebellious cravings of their animal natures. This Law they were ever repeating, I found, and ever breaking.
The endeavour is to connect with one's own animal nature in order to release certain tension and pressure existing within the body.
Many have dismissed it as a 'white saviour' movie, but I'm not so sure; both men are improved by the relationship, Tony in particular lifted from his animal nature. (Indeed, the whole saviour narrative -- implicitly treating all blacks as victims -- is exactly what the film is warning against.) Green Book does become repetitive, kept afloat by the charm of its two lead performances; the have-it-both-ways climax, with Don both impressing and embracing 'his' people, comes off curiously irrelevant.
This means that man has the animal nature with rationality.
His topics include starting afresh: Descartes, a breeze of the future: Spinoza, an interlude on a comet: Bayle, the best of all possible compromises: Leibniz, and a treatise of animal nature: Hume.
But when Hopps gets 48 hours to crack the case of a missing Otter, it reveals a plot to unleash the animal nature of the city's predators.
Human Nature and Animal Nature: The Horak Debate and Its Philosophical Significance, RICHARD T.