Can Nonlinguistic Animals think about Thinking?

Authored by: José Luis Bermúdez

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Animal Minds

Print publication date:  July  2017
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138822887
eBook ISBN: 9781315742250
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315742250.ch11

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Abstract

It is beyond serious doubt that nonlinguistic creatures are capable of thinking and reasoning about the physical environment in highly sophisticated ways. But can animals think about thinking? Alternatively put, are animals capable of metarepresentation? This question is at the heart of how we think about comparative psychology, animal cognition, and human cognitive development.

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