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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Animal Minds

ISBN 9781138822887
Published July 9, 2017 by Routledge
540 Pages

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Book Description

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 I: 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 H. Brown

Part II: 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 Joëlle Proust

Part III: 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 IV: 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

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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.