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, Marc Bekoff
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262511088

ISBN-13: 9780262511087

Pub. Date: 07/16/1999

Publisher: MIT Press

The authors of this book, a philosopher and a cognitive ethologist,
approach their work from the perspective that many animals have minds and rich cognitive lives. They also believe that arguments about evolutionary continuity are as applicable to the study of animal minds and brains as they are to comparative studies of kidneys, stomachs, and hearts. Cognitive

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The authors of this book, a philosopher and a cognitive ethologist,
approach their work from the perspective that many animals have minds and rich cognitive lives. They also believe that arguments about evolutionary continuity are 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 the attribution and assessment of cognition to nonhuman animals. Cognitive ethology can help philosophy to explain mentality in naturalistic terms by providing data on the evolution of cognition.

The heart of the book is this reciprocal relationship between philosophical theories of mind and empirical studies of animal cognition. All theoretical discussion is carefully tied to case studies,
particularly in the areas of antipredator vigilance and social play, where there are many points of contact with philosophical discussions of intentionality and representation. The authors make specific suggestions about how to use philosophical theories of intentionality as starting points for empirical investigation of animal minds. They also discuss cognitive ethology's relevance to questions of ethics, as our beliefs about the mental lives of animals strongly affect our attitudes toward their moral status.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262511087
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/16/1999
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
231
Sales rank:
1,227,941
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface ix
1 Cognitive Ethology and Philosophy of Mind: An Interdisciplinary Approach
1(20)
2 A Brief Historical Account of Classical Ethology and Cognitive Ethology
21(18)
3 What Is Behavior?
39(10)
4 But Is It Science?
49(14)
5 From Folk Psychology to Cognitive Ethology
63(24)
6 Intentionality, Social Play, and Communication
87(28)
7 Antipredatory Behavior: From Vigilance to Recognition to Action
115(24)
8 Consciousness: Essential, or Dispensable?
139(22)
9 Toward an Interdisciplinary Science of Cognitive Ethology: Synthesizing Field, Laboratory, and Armchair Approaches
161(22)
References 183(18)
Index 201

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