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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

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

Kristina Musholt

The MIT Press

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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