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Reasoning and Language

Bede Rundle

in Mind in Action

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780198236917
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679414 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236917.003.0004
Reasoning and Language

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The words ‘think’ and ‘believe’ are commonly linked to ‘know’ but there is not much to exploit to see the relationship between ‘think’ and ‘reason’. Since various examples have already been looked upon with regards to animal behaviour, there is a good amount of temptation to attribute thought to animals as an indispensable part of an explanation of what is observed. At the same time, it is worth exploring whether the linguistic capabilities of animals provide the basis for a significant extension to what can be said about their mental life. On top of this, the meaning out of these linguistic capabilities may shed light as to why these languages are utilised in the first place, what is the reasoning behind it.

Keywords: reasoning; thought; language; concepts; communication; mind

Chapter.  12540 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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