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Pieces of Mind: The Proper Domain of Psychological Predicates

Carrie Figdor


Many people accept that chimpanzees, dolphins, and some other animals can think and feel. But these cases are just the tip of a growing iceberg. If biologists are right, fruit flies and plants make decisions, worms and honeybees can be trained, bacteria communicate linguistically, and neurons have preferences. Just how far does cognition go? This book is the first to critically consider this question from the perspective of the entire range of new ascriptions of psychological capacities throughout biology. It is also the first to consider the role of mathematical models and other quantitative ... More

Keywords: psychology, cognition, psychological predicates, mathematical models, literal interpretation, biology, animal cognition, plant cognition, bacteria cognition, moral status

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198809524
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198809524.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carrie Figdor, author
Department of Philosophy, University of Iowa