The Animal Mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Animal by Kristin Andrews

By Kristin Andrews

The examine of animal cognition increases profound questions about the minds of animals and philosophy of brain itself. Aristotle argued that people are the one animal to snigger, yet in fresh experiments rats have additionally been proven to snicker. In different experiments, canine were proven to reply thoroughly to over 2 hundred phrases in human language.

In this creation to the philosophy of animal minds Kristin Andrews introduces and assesses the basic issues, difficulties and debates as they minimize throughout animal cognition and philosophy of brain. She addresses the subsequent key topics:

  • what is cognition, and what's it to have a brain? What questions may still we ask to figure out even if behaviour has a cognitive basis?

  • the technological know-how of animal minds defined: ethology, behaviourist psychology, and cognitive ethology

  • rationality in animals

  • animal attention: what does study into ache and the feelings display? What can empirical facts approximately animal behaviour let us know approximately philosophical theories of consciousness?

  • does animal cognition contain trust and ideas; do animals have a ‘Language of Thought’?

  • animal communication

  • other minds: do animals characteristic ‘mindedness’ to different creatures?

  • moral reasoning and moral behaviour in animals

  • animal cognition and memory.

Extensive use of empirical examples and case reviews is made during the publication. those contain Cheney and Seyfarth’s ververt monkey examine, Thorndike’s cat puzzle containers, Jensen’s learn into people and chimpanzees and the ultimatum online game, Pankseep and Burgdorf’s learn on rat laughter, and Clayton and Emery’s learn on reminiscence in scrub-jays.

Additional positive aspects equivalent to bankruptcy summaries, annotated extra examining and a thesaurus make this an vital advent to these educating philosophy of brain, animal cognition. it's going to even be an outstanding source for these in fields equivalent to ethology, biology and psychology.

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