Synthese 193 (7):2129-2158 (2016)

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Caroline T. Arruda
University of Texas at El Paso
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We provide an account of chimpanzee-specific agency within the context of philosophy of action. We do so by showing that chimpanzees are capable of what we call reason-directed action, even though they may be incapable of more full-blown action, which we call reason-considered action. Although chimpanzee agency does not possess all the features of typical adult human agency, chimpanzee agency is evolutionarily responsive to their environment and overlaps considerably with our own. As such, it is an evolved set of capacities for goal-directed behavior, which solves problems that chimpanzees naturally encounter. Thus, it ought not be understood as a deficient instance of human agency.
Keywords Animal agency  Animal minds  Animal reasoning  Chimpanzees
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-015-0835-9
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