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Thinking about OneselfFrom Nonconceptual Content to the Concept of a Self$
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Kristina Musholt

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029209

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029209.001.0001

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Self-Consciousness in Nonhuman Animals

Self-Consciousness in Nonhuman Animals

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(p.149) 7 Self-Consciousness in Nonhuman Animals
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Thinking about Oneself
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Kristina Musholt

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029209.003.0007

This chapter discusses the implications of the account proposed in this book for the question of whether nonhuman animals possess self-consciousness. It discusses empirical studies of mirror self-recognition, mindreading, and metacognition in nonhuman animals and considers whether and to what extend the abilities demonstrated in these studies are indicative of self-consciousness. It argues that, while remaining somewhat inconclusive, the evidence to date suggests that some animals (in particular chimpanzees and dolphins) possess some basic forms of self-awareness, similar to those found in human infants.

Keywords:   animal self-consciousness, mirror self-recognition, mindreading, metacognition

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