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Animal Mind

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The study of animal cognition raises profound questions about the minds of animals and philosophy of mind itself. Aristotle argued... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

The study of animal cognition raises profound questions about the minds of animals and philosophy of mind itself. Aristotle argued that humans are the only animal to laugh, but in recent experiments rats have also been shown to laugh. In other experiments, dogs have been shown to respond appropriately to over two hundred words in human language. In this introduction to the philosophy of animal minds Kristin Andrews introduces and assesses the essential topics, problems and debates as they cut across animal cognition and philosophy of mind. She addresses the following key topics:what is cognition, and what is it to have a mind? What questions should we ask to determine whether behaviour has a cognitive basis?the science of animal minds explained: ethology, behaviourist psychology, and cognitive ethologyrationality in animalsanimal consciousness: what does research into pain and the emotions reveal? What can empirical evidence about animal behaviour tell us about philosophical theories of consciousness?does animal cognition involve belief and concepts, do animals have a 'Language of Thought'?animal communicationother minds: do animals attribute 'mindedness' to other creatures?moral reasoning and ethical behaviour in animalsanimal cognition and memory.Extensive use of empirical examples and case studies is made throughout the book. These include Cheney and Seyfarth's ververt monkey research, Thorndike's cat puzzle boxes, Jensen's research into humans and chimpanzees and the ultimatum game, Pankseep and Burgdorf's research on rat laughter, and Clayton and Emery's research on memory in scrub-jays. Additional features such as chapter summaries, annotated further reading and a glossary make this an indispensable introduction to those teaching philosophy of mind, animal cognition. It will also be an excellent resource for those in fields such as ethology, biology and psychology.

Autorentext

Kristin Andrews is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Director of the Cognitive Science Program at York University, Canada. She is the author of Do Apes Read Minds? Toward a New Folk Psychology (2012), and editor of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Animal Cognition.



Inhalt

Introduction 1. Kinds of Minds 2. Science of Other Minds 3. Consciousness 4. Rationality, Belief, and Content 5. Communication 6. Knowing Other Minds 7. Minds and Morals. Index

Produktinformationen

Titel: Animal Mind
Untertitel: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Animal Cognition
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EAN: 9781317676751
ISBN: 978-1-317-67675-1
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Taylor & Francis
Genre: Philosophie, Religion
Anzahl Seiten: 242
Veröffentlichung: 30.10.2014
Jahr: 2014
Untertitel: Englisch