Mind, Animals, and Behaviour

Bede Rundle

in Mind in Action

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780198236917
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679414 | DOI:
Mind, Animals, and Behaviour

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This chapter talks about the possible application to animals of psychological predicates relevant to an analysis of action. This topic is quite complicated in a way that it can both correct and mislead understanding. It can mislead because there is possibility of insinuating an imagined difficulty to any problems posed by these predicates, primarily because animals utilise no verbal language which is said not to exactly define what is going on in the mind. On the other hand, it can enlighten as consideration of animals points to a less provincial and less mentalistic perspective. Certainly, a closer look at animals' actions and desires will shed light on this matter as animals are known to do much of what they do such as feeding, grooming, and protecting their young without knowing why.

Keywords: animals; action; mind; behaviour; desire; thought; belief; sensation

Chapter.  14390 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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