Don Fallis
Northeastern University
Peter J. Lewis
Dartmouth College
In cases of animal mimicry, the receiver of the signal learns the truth that he is either dealing with the real thing or with a mimic. Thus, despite being a prototypical example of animal deception, mimicry does not seem to qualify as deception on the traditional definition, since the receiver is not actually misled. We offer a new account of propositional content in sender-receiver games that explains how the receiver is misled by mimicry. We show that previous accounts of deception, and of propositional content, give incorrect results about whether certain signals are deceptive.
Keywords Deception   Animals
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DOI 10.1016/j.shpsa.2021.03.004
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