Animal belief

Philosophy 75 (294):587-599 (2000)

Abstract
Non language-using animals cannot have beliefs, because believing entails the ability to distinguish true from false beliefs and also the ability to distinguish changes in belief from changes in the world. For these abilities we need both the fixation of belief and counter-factual thought, for both of which language is necessary. The argument of the paper extends Davidson's argument to the same conclusion (which is found wanting). But denying beliefs to animals has no moral implications
Keywords Animal  Belief  Epistemology  Language  Thinking  Davidson, D
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DOI 10.1017/S0031819100000681
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