Journal of Ethics 11 (3):299-317 (2007)
|Abstract||Our goal in this paper is to provide enough of an account of the origins of cognitive ethology and the controversy surrounding it to help ethicists to gauge for themselves how to balance skepticism and credulity about animal minds when communicating with scientists. We believe that ethicists’ arguments would benefit from better understanding of the historical roots of ongoing controversies. It is not appropriate to treat some widely reported results in animal cognition as if their interpretations are a matter of scientific consensus. It is especially important to understand why loose references to “cognitive ethology” by philosophers can signal ignorance of the field to scientists who are more deeply immersed in the relevant literature. Understanding the variety of approaches to cognitive phenomena in animals is essential if such capacities are to form the foundation of scientifically-informed ethical reasoning about animals.|
|Keywords||animal cognition consciousness ethics science|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Marc Bekoff (2006). Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues: Cognitive Ethology as the Unifying Science for Understanding the Subjective, Emotional, Empathic, and Moral Lives of Animals. Zygon 41 (1):71-104.
Dale Jamieson (1998). Science, Knowledge, and Animal Minds. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 98 (1):79–102.
Sean Allen-Hermanson (2005). Morgan's Canon Revisited. Philosophy of Science 72 (4):608-31.
Dale Jamieson & Marc Bekoff (1992). On Aims and Methods of Cognitive Ethology. Philosophy of Science Association 1992:110-124.
Carolyn A. Ristau (1992). Cognitive Ethology: Past, Present and Speculations on the Future. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1992:125 - 136.
Elisa Aaltola (2008). Personhood and Animals. Environmental Ethics 30 (2):175-193.
Gary J. Purpura Jr (2006). In Search of Human Uniqueness. Philosophical Psychology 19 (4):443 – 461.
W. H. Dittrich (forthcoming). Book Review of Allen & Bekoff (1997) on Cognitive Ethology. [REVIEW] .
Colin Allen & Marc Bekoff (1995). Cognitive Ethology and the Intentionality of Animal Behavior. Mind and Language 10 (4):313-328.
J. Bennett (1991). How Is Cognitive Ethology Possible. In C. Ristau (ed.), Cognitive Ethology. The Minds of Other Animals. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads62 ( #18,254 of 722,744 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #60,247 of 722,744 )
How can I increase my downloads?