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Rational Animals?
By Matthew Nudds (editor) and Susan Hurley (editor)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Publication date June 1, 2006
Pages 561
Binding Paperback
Edition 1
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780198528272
ISBN-10 0198528272
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.75 by 9.50 in.
Weight 2.40 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $85.00
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: To what extent can animal behaviour be described as rational? What does it even mean to describe behaviour as rational? This book focuses on one of the major debates in science today - how closely does mental processing in animals resemble mental processing in humans. It addresses the question of whether and to what extent non-human animals are rational, that is, whether any animal behaviour can be regarded as the result of a rational thought processes. It does this with attention to three key questions, which recur throughout the book and which have both empirical and philosophical aspects: What kinds of behavioural tasks can animals successfully perform? What if any mental processes must be postulated to explain their performance at these tasks? What properties must processes have to count as rational? The book is distinctive in pursuing these questions not only in relation to our closest relatives, the primates, whose intelligence usually gets the most attention, but also in relation to birds and dolphins, where striking results are also being obtained. Some chapters focus on a particular species. They describe some of the extraordinary and complex behaviour of these species - using tools in novel ways to solve foraging problems, for example, or behaving in novel ways to solve complex social problems - and ask whether such behaviour should be explained in rational or merely mechanistic terms. Other chapters address more theoretical issues and ask, for example, what it means for behaviour to be rational, and whether rationality can be understood in the absence of language. The book includes many of the world's leading figures doing empirical work on rationality in primates, dolphins, and birds, as well as distinguished philosophers of mind and science. The book includes an editors' introduction which summarises the philosophical and empirical work presented, and draws together the issues discussed by the contributo

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1 edition from Oxford Univ Pr (May 15, 2006)
9780198528265 | details & prices | 561 pages | 6.75 × 9.75 × 1.50 in. | 2.70 lbs | List price $135.00
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1 edition from Oxford Univ Pr (June 1, 2006)
9780198528272 | details & prices | 561 pages | 6.75 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 2.40 lbs | List price $85.00
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