Paul Redding


In Species of Mind, Colin Allen, a philosopher, and Marc Bekoff, an ethologist, defend and sketch out suggestions for a ‘cognitive ethology’, a discipline bringing the fruits of the cognitive revolution in psychology to the field of ethology. When one reads in the preface their description of this projected discipline as involving a ‘comparative, evolutionary, and ecological study of animal thought processes, beliefs, rationality, information processing, and consciousness’ (p. ix), one gets an immediate sense of the ambitiousness of the project as well as the range of opposing views with which it will have to engage.



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