Mental content and evolutionary explanation

Biology and Philosophy 7 (1):1-12 (1992)
Cognitive ethology is the comparative study of animal cognition from an evolutionary perspective. As a sub-discipline of biology it shares interest in questions concerning the immediate causes and development of behavior. As a part of ethology it is also concerned with questions about the function and evolution of behavior. I examine some recent work in cognitive ethology, and I argue that the notions of mental content and representation are important to enable researchers to answer questions and state generalizations about the function and volution of behavior.
Keywords Behavior  Cognition  Content  Ethology  Evolution  Mental  Science
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DOI 10.1007/BF00130160
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