Animal Minds: between naive anthropomorphism and dogmatic anthropodenial Cover Image

Umysły zwierząt: między naiwnym antropomorfizmem a dogmatycznym antroponegacjonizmem
Animal Minds: between naive anthropomorphism and dogmatic anthropodenial

Author(s): Zbigniew Wróblewski
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Logic, Cognitive linguistics, Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Psychology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: anthropomorphism; anthropodenial; cognitive ethology; animal minds

Summary/Abstract: The research on animal cognitive capacities is mostly determined by two contrasting methodological attitudes: naive anthropomorphism and dogmatic anthropodenial. The former is defined as fallacious (naive) projecting cognitive, emotional and linguistic capacities of humans on animal world; the latter is denying essential similarities between human being and animals in order to emphasize qualitative differences between these two worlds. Between those attitudes there is some space for putting forward intermediate viewpoints, which include the heuristic value of critical anthropomorphism and indicate those similarities and differences between humans and animals, which determine proanimal moral actions.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 83-95
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Polish