The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Animal Minds

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Kristin Andrews, Jacob Beck
Routledge, 2018 - Philosophy - 521 pages
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While philosophers have been interested in animals since ancient times, in the last few decades the subject of animal minds has emerged as a major topic in philosophy. The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Animal Minds is an outstanding reference source to the key topics, problems, and debates in this exciting subject and is the first collection of its kind. Comprising nearly fifty chapters by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into eight parts:

  • Mental representation
  • Reasoning and metacognition
  • Consciousness
  • Mindreading
  • Communication
  • Social cognition and culture
  • Association, simplicity, and modeling
  • Ethics.

Within these sections, central issues, debates, and problems are examined, including: whether and how animals represent and reason about the world; how animal cognition differs from human cognition; whether animals are conscious; whether animals represent their own mental states or those of others; how animals communicate; the extent to which animals have cultures; how to choose among competing models and explanations of animal behavior; and whether animals are moral agents and/or moral patients.

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Animal Minds is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, ethics, and related disciplines such as ethology, biology, psychology, linguistics, and anthropology.

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About the author (2018)

Kristin Andrews is York Research Chair in Animal Minds in the Department of Philosophy at York University in Toronto, Canada, and is the author of two books: Do Apes Read Minds? Toward a New Folk Psychology (2012) and The Animal Mind (Routledge 2015). 

Jacob Beck is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and member of the Centre for Vision Research at York University in Toronto, Canada.

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