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Mindreading Animals: The Debate over What Animals Know about Other Minds

Robert W. Lurz

Abstract

Animals live in a world of other minds, human and nonhuman, and their well-being and survival often depends on what is going on in the minds of these other creatures. But do animals know that other creatures have minds? And how would we know if they do? This book offers a fresh approach to the hotly debated question of mental-state attribution in nonhuman animals. Some empirical researchers and philosophers claim that some animals are capable of anticipating other creatures’ behaviors by interpreting observable cues as signs of underlying mental states; others claim that animals are merely cle ... More

Keywords: mental states, nonhuman animals, perceptual state, mindreading, cognitive abilities, logical problem, Povinelli’s challenge, humans, mind, belief

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262016056
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016056.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert W. Lurz, author