Species of Mind: The Philosophy and Biology of Cognitive Ethology / Edition 1

Species of Mind: The Philosophy and Biology of Cognitive Ethology / Edition 1

by Colin Allen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262511088

ISBN-13: 2900262511086

Pub. Date: 07/16/1999

Publisher: MIT Press

Colin Allen (a philosopher) and Marc Bekoff (a cognitive ethologist) approach their work from a perspective that considers arguments about evolutionary continuity to be as applicable to the study of animal minds and brains as they are to comparative studies of kidneys, stomachs, and hearts. Cognitive ethologists study the comparative, evolutionary, and ecological…  See more details below

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Colin Allen (a philosopher) and Marc Bekoff (a cognitive ethologist) approach their work from a perspective that considers arguments about evolutionary continuity to be as applicable to the study of animal minds and brains as they are to comparative studies of kidneys, stomachs, and hearts. Cognitive ethologists study the comparative, evolutionary, and ecological aspects of the mental phenomena of animals. Philosophy can provide cognitive ethology with an analytical basis for attributing cognition to nonhuman animals and for studying it, and cognitive ethology can help philosophy to explain mentality in naturalistic terms by providing data on the evolution of cognition. The heart of Allen and Bekoff's book is this reciprocal relationship between philosophical theories of mind and empirical studies of animal cognition. The interdisciplinary approach reveals flaws in common objections to the view that animals have minds. All the theoretical discussions in the book are carefully tied to case studies - particularly in the areas of antipredatory vigilance and social play, where there are many points of contact with philosophical discussions of intentionality and representation. Allen and Bekoff make specific suggestions about how to use philosophical theories of intentionality as starting points for empirical investigations of animal minds, and they stress the importance of studying animals other than primates.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900262511086
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/16/1999
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
231

Table of Contents

Preface
1Cognitive Ethology and Philosophy of Mind: An Interdisciplinary Approach1
2A Brief Historical Account of Classical Ethology and Cognitive Ethology21
3What Is Behavior?39
4But Is It Science?49
5From Folk Psychology to Cognitive Ethology63
6Intentionality, Social Play, and Communication87
7Antipredatory Behavior: From Vigilance to Recognition to Action115
8Consciousness: Essential, or Dispensable?139
9Toward an Interdisciplinary Science of Cognitive Ethology: Synthesizing Field, Laboratory, and Armchair Approaches161
References183
Index201

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