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Rational Animals?
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Rational Animals?

Susan Hurley and Matthew Nudds

Abstract

This book focuses on one of the major debates in science today — how closely does mental processing in animals resemble mental processing in humans? It addresses the question of whether and to what extent any animal behaviour can be regarded as the result of a rational thought processes. Three key questions recur throughout the book: What kinds of behavioural tasks can animals successfully perform? What, if any, mental processes must be postulated to explain their performance at these tasks? What pr ... More

Keywords: mental processing, animals, humans, animal behaviour, rational thought, primates, birds, dolphins, mechanistic behaviour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780198528272
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528272.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Hurley, editor
Department of Philosophy, Bristol University, and All Souls College, University of Oxford, UK

Matthew Nudds, editor
Department of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh, UK

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Contents

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Part I Types and levels of rationality

Part II Rational versus associative processes

Part III Metacognition

Part IV Social and cognition behaviour

Part V Mind reading and behaviour reading

Part VI Behaviour and cognition in symbolic environments

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