Readings in Animal Cognition / Edition 1

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This collection of 24 readings is the first comprehensive treatment of important topics by leading figures in the rapidly growing interdisciplinary field of animal cognition. Taken togther the essays provide the nucleus for an introductory course in animal cognition (cognitive ethology and comparative psychology), philosophy of biology, or philosophy of mind.Selections are grouped in five sections: Perspectives on Animal Cognition; Cognitive and Evolutionary
Explanations; Recognition, Choice, Vigilance, and Play; Communication and Language;
and Animal Minds. Seventeen essays are reprinted from the authors much cited two-volume collection, Interpretation and Explanation in the Study of Animal
Behavior. One essay taken from that book has been subsequently revised, and five additional essays are recent examples of critical thinking in cognitive ethology.
The preface and final chapter, "Ethics and the Study of Animal Cognition," are new.A
Bradford Book

The MIT Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262522083
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/2/1997
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 395
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Bekoff is Professor of Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Dale Jamieson is Director of Environmental Studies, Professor of Environmental
Studies and Philosophy, and Affiliated Professor of Law at New York

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Myth of Anthropomorphism 3
Ch. 2 Gendered Knowledge? Examining Influences on Scientific and Ethological Inquiries 17
Ch. 3 Interpretive Cognitive Ethology 29
Ch. 4 Concept Attribution in Nonhuman Animals: Theoretical and Methodological Problems in Ascribing Complex Mental Processes 47
Ch. 5 On Aims and Methods of Cognitive Ethology 65
Ch. 6 Aspects of the Cognitive Ethology of an Injury-Feigning Bird, The Piping Plover 79
Ch. 7 Tradition in Animals: Field Observations and Laboratory Analyses 91
Ch. 8 The Study of Adaptation 107
Ch. 9 The Units of Behavior in Evolutionary Explanations 129
Ch. 10 Levels of Analysis and the Functional Significance of Helping Behavior 143
Ch. 11 The Ubiquitous Concept of Recognition with Special Reference to Kin 169
Ch. 12 Do Animals Choose Habitats? 185
Ch. 13 The Influence of Models on the Interpretation of Vigilance 201
Ch. 14 Is There an Evolutionary Biology of Play? 217
Ch. 15 Intentionality, Social Play, and Definition 229
Ch. 16 Communication and Expectations: A Social Process and the Cognitive Operation It Depends Upon and Influences 243
Ch. 17 Animal Communication and Social Evolution 257
Ch. 18 Animal Language: Methodological and Interpretive Issues 269
Ch. 19 Knowledge Acquisition and Asymmetry between Language Comprehension and Production: Dolphins and Apes as General Models for Animals 289
Ch. 20 Evolution and Psychological Unity 309
Ch. 21 The Mental Lives of Nonhuman Animals 323
Ch. 22 Inside the Mind of a Monkey 337
Ch. 23 A Bat without Qualities? 345
Ch. 24 Afterword: Ethics and the Study of Animal Cognition 359
Contributors 373
Index 375
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