Do Nonhuman Animals have a Language of Thought?

Authored by: Jacob Beck

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.ch4

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Abstract

In the second half of the 20th century, behaviorism slowly gave way to the computational and representational paradigm of cognitive science. Human language may have been the first beneficiary, but it wasn’t the last. Even much animal cognition came to be routinely explained in computational and representational terms (Gallistel 1990).

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