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Summary The topic of Animal Minds is a broad interdisciplinary area with contributions by philosophers, psychologists, behavioral biologists, neuroscientists, and anthropologists. Because the notion of "mind" predates science and because the scientific definition of "cognition" is itself contested, the exact range of capacities attributable to animals and capable of empirical investigation is also contested, but these capacities include general reasoning, reasoning in specific domains such as causal inference or social hierarchies, tool use, problem solving, communicative and proto-linguistic abilities, episodic and semantic memory, spatial navigation (including cognitive maps), metacognition, self-recognition and self-awareness, and various capacities related to social cognition such as "mind reading" or "theory of mind", imitation and emulation.  Questions about the existence, distribution and forms of animal consciousness, along with feelings, emotions and affective states such as pain, are also debated in this area. All of these topics also bear on the moral status of animals, both as subjects of moral concern and possibly as moral agents themselves. Comparative approaches to animal mind and cognition have contributed importantly to debates about evolution.
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  1. Pieces of Mind: The Proper Domain of Psychological Predicates: Figdor, Carrie, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018, Pp. X + 220, £40 (Hardback). [REVIEW]Simon Fitzpatrick - 2019 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 98 (2):410-413.
    Volume 98, Issue 2, June 2020, Page 410-413.
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  2. Mind and Brain: A Dialogue on the Mind-Body Problem, 2nd Edition.Rocco J. Gennaro - 2020 - Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Co..
    In this introductory work, Mind and Brain: A Dialogue on the Mind-Body Problem, 2nd edition, Gennaro updates and expands the work to reflect current topics and discussions. The dialogue provides a clear and compelling overview of the mind-body problem suitable for both introductory students and those who have some background in the philosophy of mind. Topics include: Immortality, Materialism, Descartes' "Divisibility Argument" for substance dualism, The "Argument from Introspection" for substance dualism, The main objections to dualism, The interaction between mind (...)
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  3. Was ist der Mensch? Ein Streifzug durch die philosophische Anthropologie.Geert Keil - 2020 - In Ulrich Lüke & Georg Souvignier (eds.), Der Mensch – ein Tier. Und sonst? Interdisziplinäre Annäherungen. Freiburg: Herder. pp. 19-44.
    1. Die Frage nach der Natur des Menschen und die Rede vom „Menschenbild“ 2. Die anthropologischen Definitionsformeln 3. Die Zuständigkeitsfrage 4. Die abenteuerliche Kürze der Definitionsformeln 5. Der Mensch-Tier-Vergleich 6. Warum sollte die menschliche Natur unwandelbar sein? 7. Kategorische und graduelle Unterschiede 8. Ausblick: Die Transformationsthese.
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  4. Chimpanzees and Sign Language: Darwinian Realities Versus Cartesian Delusions. Fouts & McKenna - 2011 - The Pluralist 6 (3):19.
    Dr. Fouts began his lecture with the story of how he and his wife Deborah became involved with Washoe—the first non-human to acquire the signs of American Sign Language (ASL). Project Washoe began in 1966 with Drs. Allen and Beatrix Gardner in Reno, Nevada. There had been other experiments that attempted to get chimpanzees to speak. These experiments were not successful due to anatomical and neurological differences between humans and chimpanzees. (Fouts showed some video of the chimpanzee Vicki trying to (...)
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  5. Breathing New Life Into Cognitive Science.Tom Froese - 2011 - Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies 2 (1):113–129.
    In this article I take an unusual starting point from which to argue for a unified cognitive science, namely a position defined by what is sometimes called the ‘life-mind continuity thesis’. Accordingly, rather than taking a widely accepted starting point for granted and using it in order to propose answers to some well defined questions, I must first establish that the idea of life-mind continuity can amount to a proper starting point at all. To begin with, I therefore assess the (...)
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  6. Folk Psychology Under Stress: Comments on Susan Hurley's ‘Animal Action in the Space of Reasons’.Peter Godfrey-Smith - 2003 - Mind and Language 18 (3):266-272.
    : My commentary on Hurley is concerned with foundational issues. Hurley's investigation of animal cognition is cast within a particular framework—basically, a philosophically refined version of folk psychology. Her discussion has a complicated relationship to unresolved debates about the nature and status of folk psychology, especially debates about the extent to which folk psychological categories are aimed at picking out features of the causal organization of the mind.
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  7. Making Sense of Animals: Interpretation Vs. Architecture.Susan L. Hurley - 2003 - Mind and Language 18 (3):273-280.
    i>: We should not overintellectualize the mind. Nonhuman animals can occupy islands of practical rationality: they can have specific, context-bound reasons for action even though they lack full conceptual abilities. Holism and the possibility of mistake are required for such reasons to be the agent’s reasons, but these requirements can be met in the absence of inferential promiscuity. Empirical work with animals is used to illustrate the possibility that reasons for action could be bound to symbolic or social contexts, and (...)
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  8. Hominization and Apes: An Unnatural Kinship.Frédéric Joulian - 1997 - Diogenes 45 (180):73-96.
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  9. Introduction: Animal Beliefs, Concepts, and Communication.Achim Stephan - 1999 - Erkenntnis 51 (1):505-510.
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  10. Studying the Cognitive States of Animals: Epistemology, Ethology and Ethics.Otto Lehto - 2009 - Sign Systems Studies 37 (3/4):369-420.
    The question of cognitive endowment in animals has been fiercely debated in the scientific community during the last couple of decades, and indeed, all throughout the long history of natural philosophy. The scientific quest for an empirical, evolutionary account of the development and emergence of cognition has met with many philosophical objections, blind alleys and epistemological quandaries. I will argue that we are dealing with conflicting philosophical world views as well as conflicting empirical paradigms of research. After looking at some (...)
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  11. Anthropomorphism and Anthropodenial: Consistency in Our Thinking About Humans and Other Animals.Frans B. M. de Waal - 1999 - Philosophical Topics 27 (1):255-280.
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  12. VIII.—Anthropomorphism and Truth.J. B. Baillie - 1917 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 18 (1):185-223.
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  13. A Description of the Cerebral Convolutions of the Chimpanzee Known as "Sally"; with Notes on the Convolutions of Other Chimpanzees and of Two Orangs.No Authorship Indicated - 1895 - Psychological Review 2 (2):195-196.
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  14. Abnormal Animal Behavior and Conflict.F. W. Finger - 1945 - Psychological Review 52 (4):230-233.
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  15. Apes, Men and Morons.R. M. W. Travers - 1938 - The Eugenics Review 30 (2):143.
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  16. Men and Apes.Herbert Brewer - 1966 - The Eugenics Review 58 (3):162.
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  17. Chimpanzees Are Always New to Me.Toshisada Nishida - 1993 - In Peter Singer & Paola Cavalieri (eds.), The Great Ape Project. St. Martin's Griffin. pp. 24--27.
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  18. 2 Life and Cognition.Margaret Boden - 2001 - In João Branquinho (ed.), The Foundations of Cognitive Science. Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. 11.
  19. Animal Behavior in Four Components.B. W. Mel - 1995 - In H. Roitblat & Jean-Arcady Meyer (eds.), Comparative Approaches to Cognitive Science. MIT Press.
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  20. Comparing Cognition in Animals, and Researchers.Dario Maestripieri - 2001 - Trends in Cognitive Sciences 5 (10):452-453.
  21. Spontaneous Number Discrimination of Multi-Format Auditory Stimuli in Cotton-Top Tamarins.Marc D. Hauser, Stanislas Dehaene, Ghislaine Dehaene-Lambertz & Andrea L. Patalano - 2002 - Cognition 86 (2):B23-B32.
  22. Comprehension of Sentences by Bottlenosed Dolphins.Louis M. Herman, Douglas G. Richards & James P. Wolz - 1984 - Cognition 16 (2):129-219.
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  23. Signing Behavior in Apes: A Critical Review.Mark S. Seidenberg & Laura A. Petitto - 1979 - Cognition 7 (2):177-215.
  24. Representations in Animal Cognition: An Introduction.C. R. Gallistel - 1990 - Cognition 37 (1-2):1-22.
  25. On Thoughts Without Words.N. Goodman - 1982 - Cognition 12 (2):211-217.
  26. Levels of Causal Understanding in Chimpanzees and Children.David Premack & Ann James Premack - 1994 - Cognition 50 (1-3):347-362.
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  27. Artifactual Kinds and Functional Design Features: What a Primate Understands Without Language.Marc D. Hauser - 1997 - Cognition 64 (3):285-308.
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  28. Segmentation of the Speech Stream in a Non-Human Primate: Statistical Learning in Cotton-Top Tamarins.Marc D. Hauser, Elissa L. Newport & Richard N. Aslin - 2001 - Cognition 78 (3):B53-B64.
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  29. The Gestural Abilities of Apes.Suzanne Chevalier-Skolnikoff - 1979 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 2 (3):382-383.
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  30. Animal Well-Being: There Are Many Paths to Enlightenment.Evalyn F. Segal - 1990 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13 (1):36-37.
  31. Animals, Science, and Morality.R. G. Frey - 1990 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13 (1):22-22.
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  32. Animal Suffering, Critical Anthropomorphism, and Reproductive Rights.Gordon M. Burghardt - 1990 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13 (1):14-15.
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  33. The Significance of Seeking the Animal's Perspective.Arnold Arluke - 1990 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13 (1):13-14.
  34. Ethics and Animals.Peter Singer - 1990 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13 (1):45-48.
  35. Human Ethology: Methods and Limits.I. Eibl-Eibesfeldt - 1979 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 2 (1):50-57.
  36. Classical Ethology: Concepts and Implications for Human Ethology.Glendon Schubert - 1979 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 2 (1):44-46.
  37. On Human Ethology: Some Methodological Comments.Steven A. Peterson - 1979 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 2 (1):43-44.
  38. “It Just Depends on What One Wants to Know”: Eibl-Eibesfeldt's Human Ethology.Joseph K. Kovach - 1979 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 2 (1):40-42.
  39. The Ethology Behind Human Ethology.Jack P. Hailman - 1979 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 2 (1):35-36.
  40. The Dangers of Analogy in Human Ethology.Burton Benedict - 1979 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 2 (1):27-27.
  41. Cognitive Ethology Comes of Age.Michael Tomasello - 1992 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 15 (1):168-169.
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  42. Monkeys Mind.Colin Allen - 1992 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 15 (1):147-147.
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  43. Avian Data on Aggression.R. J. Andrew - 1979 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 2 (2):213-214.
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  44. Making the Best Use of Primate Tool Use?James R. Anderson - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (4):551-552.
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  45. Ethology: The Natural Model.Douglas A. Kramer & William T. McKinney - 1979 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 2 (4):639-640.
  46. Is Human Cognition Adaptive?John R. Anderson - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (3):471-485.
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  47. Motivational Systems: Fear or Defense? Pain or Recuperation?David B. Adams - 1980 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 3 (2):301-301.
  48. Do Nonhuman Animals Commit Suicide?William J. Hamilton - 1980 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 3 (2):278-279.
  49. Defense Motivational System: Issues of Emotion, Reinforcement, and Neural Structure.David Adams - 1982 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 5 (4):675-676.
  50. Some Thoughts on the Proper Foundations for the Study of Cognition in Animals.Lynn Nadel - 1982 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 5 (3):383-384.
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