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Rational Animals?

Susan Hurley and Matthew Nudds


This book focuses on one of the major debates in science today — how closely does mental processing in animals resemble mental processing in humans? It addresses the question of whether and to what extent any animal behaviour can be regarded as the result of a rational thought processes. Three key questions recur throughout the book: What kinds of behavioural tasks can animals successfully perform? What, if any, mental processes must be postulated to explain their performance at these tasks? What pr ... More

Keywords: mental processing, animals, humans, animal behaviour, rational thought, primates, birds, dolphins, mechanistic behaviour

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780198528272
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528272.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Hurley, editor
Department of Philosophy, Bristol University, and All Souls College, University of Oxford, UK

Matthew Nudds, editor
Department of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh, UK

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Part I Types and levels of rationality

Chapter 4 Styles of rationality

Ruth Garrett Millikan

Part II Rational versus associative processes

Part III Metacognition

Chapter 11 Do animals know what they know?

Sara J. Shettleworth and Jennifer E. Sutton

Part IV Social and cognition behaviour

Chapter 15 Rationality in capuchin monkey's feeding behaviour?

Elsa Addessi and Elisabetta Visalberghi

Part V Mind reading and behaviour reading

Part VI Behaviour and cognition in symbolic environments

Chapter 23 Language as a window on rationality

E. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Duane M. Rumbaugh, and William M. Fields

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