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Gregory Currie

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256280

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199256284.001.0001

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PRETENCE AND RATIONALITY: THE CASE OF NON‐HUMAN ANIMALS

PRETENCE AND RATIONALITY: THE CASE OF NON‐HUMAN ANIMALS

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(p.210) Chapter 11 PRETENCE AND RATIONALITY: THE CASE OF NON‐HUMAN ANIMALS
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DOI:10.1093/0199256284.003.0012

Argues that pretence is one clear indication of rationality. Makes a suggestion about the kind of evidence of pretence in animals we should be looking for. This suggestion makes claims about pretence hard to justify by comparison with, say, claims about imitation; Appeals to Morgan's canon in defence of this stance. Suggests that we can learn something about pretence by connecting it with the phenomenon of seeing‐in. Finally, offers a speculation on the evolutionary history of the capacity that underlies pretence.

Keywords:   decentring, Morgan's canon, play, pretence, primates, rationality, seeing‐in

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