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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Animal Minds

ISBN 9780367871291
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
540 Pages

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While philosophers have been interested in animals since ancient times, in the last few decades the subject of animal minds has emerged as a major topic in philosophy. The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Animal Minds is an outstanding reference source to the key topics, problems, and debates in this exciting subject and is the first collection of its kind. Comprising nearly fifty chapters by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into eight parts:

  • Mental representation

  • Reasoning and metacognition

  • Consciousness

  • Mindreading

  • Communication

  • Social cognition and culture

  • Association, simplicity, and modeling

  • Ethics.

Within these sections, central issues, debates, and problems are examined, including: whether and how animals represent and reason about the world; how animal cognition differs from human cognition; whether animals are conscious; whether animals represent their own mental states or those of others; how animals communicate; the extent to which animals have cultures; how to choose among competing models and explanations of animal behavior; and whether animals are moral agents and/or moral patients.

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Animal Minds is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, ethics, and related disciplines such as ethology, biology, psychology, linguistics, and anthropology.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Kristin Andrews and Jacob Beck

Part 1: Mental Representation

1. Arthropod Intentionality? Andrew Knoll and Georges Rey

2. Visual imagery in the thought of monkeys and apes Christopher Gauker

3. Maps in the Head? Michael Rescorla

4. Do Nonhuman Animals Have a Language of Thought? Jacob Beck

5. Animal minds in time: the question of episodic memory Christoph Hoerl and Teresa McCormack

6. Novel Colours in Animal Perception Mohan Matthen

7. Color manipulation and comparative color: they’re not all compatible Derek Brown

Part 2: Reasoning and Metacognition

8. Animal rationality and belief Hans-Johann Glock

9. Instrumental Reasoning in Nonhuman Animals Elisabeth Camp and Eli Shupe

10. A Different Kind of Mind? Matthew Boyle

11. Can Non-Linguistic Animals Think about Thinking? José Luis Bermúdez

12. On Psychological Explanations and Self-Concepts (in some animals) Eric Saidel

13. Non-human metacognition Joelle Proust

Part 3: Consciousness

14. So That’s What It’s Like! Sean Allen-Hermanson

15. Do Fish Have Feelings? Michael Tye

16. The Unpleasantness of Pain for Nonhuman Animals Adam Shriver

17. Attention, Working Memory, and Animal Consciousness Jesse Prinz

18. Animal Consciousness and Higher-Order Thoughts. Rocco Gennaro

19. Minds and Bodies in Animal Evolution Michael Trestman

20. The Evolution of Consciousness in Phylogenetic Context Peter Godfrey-Smith

Part 4: Mindreading

21. Animal Mindreading: The Problem and How It Can Be Solved Robert Lurz

22. What apes know about seeing Marta Halina

23. Using Causal Models to Think About Mindreading Hayley Clatterbuck

24. Do Chimpanzees Reason About Belief Kristin Andrews

25. Tracking and Representing Others’ Mental States Stephen Butterfill

26. From False Beliefs to True Interactions: Are Chimpanzees Socially Enactive? Sarah Vincent and Shaun Gallagher

Part 5: Communication

27. Pragmatic Interpretation and Signaler-Receiver Asymmetries in Animal Communication Dorit Bar-On and Richard Moore

28. Communicative Intentions, Expressive Communication, and Origins of Meaning Dorit Bar-On

29. How much mentality is needed for meaning? Mitchell S. Green

30. The Content of Animal Signals Ulrich Stegmann

31. Intentionality and Flexibility in Animal Communication Christine Sievers, Markus Wild, and Thibaud Gruber

Part 6: Social Cognition and Culture

32. What is animal culture? Grant Ramsey

33. Varieties of Culture Grant Goodrich

34. Animal Traditions: What they are, and why they matter Rachael Brown

35. Primates are touched by your concern: touch, emotion, and social cognition in chimpanzees Maria Botero

36. Do chimpanzees conform to social norms? Laura Schlingloff and Richard Moore

37. Kinds of collective behavior and the possibility of group minds Bryce Huebner

Part 7: Association, Simplicity, & Modeling

38. Associative Learning Colin Allen

39. Understanding Associative and Cognitive Explanations in Comparative Psychology Cameron Buckner

40. A New View of Association and Associative Models Michael Dacey

41. Simplicity and Cognitive Models: Avoiding Old Mistakes in New Experimental Contexts Irina Mikhalevich

42. Against Morgan’s Canon Simon Fitzpatrick

43. A Bridge Too Far? Inference and Extrapolation from Animal Models in Neuroscience David M. Kaplan

Part 8: Ethics

44. Animals and Ethics, Agents and Patients Dale Jamieson

45. Moral Subjects Mark Rowlands

46. Decisional authority and animal research subjects Andrew Fenton

47. Empathy in Mind Lori Gruen

48. Using, Owning, and Exploiting Animals Alasdair Cochrane

49. Animal Mind and Animal Ethics Bernard Rollin.


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Kristin Andrews is York Research Chair in Animal Minds in the Department of Philosophy at York University in Toronto, Canada, and is the author of two books: Do Apes Read Minds? Toward a New Folk Psychology (2012) and The Animal Mind (Routledge 2015).

Jacob Beck is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and member of the Centre for Vision Research at York University in Toronto, Canada.


"This collection offers readers a rich feast of ideas, information and argument about the minds of some of the other beings with whom we share our planet. The chapters draw on recent scientific breakthroughs that inform discussions of such questions as the possibility of consciousness in ants, on the evidence for pain in fish, and on the capacities for empathy of rats and chimpanzees. It is hard to imagine any reader who will not find something in these pages that will excite his or her own mind." - Peter Singer, Princeton University, USA; author of Animal Liberation

"This is exciting stuff! A new field of philosophy has come of age and this broad ranging volume has assembled an all-star collection of authors. For anyone interested in animals and their mental life, it will be the go-to volume for the next decade." - Stephen Stich, Rutgers University, USA

"What is it like to be a non-human being? In penetrating, sometimes entertaining chapters, numerous authors summarize the many approaches to the many parts of the answer to that question. This is a thorough overview of the immense span of human thinking about the capacity of non-human beings to experience life. It is a great resource for students, teachers, researchers, and writers interested in the topic." - Carl Safina, Stony Brook University, USA; author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel