Do Animals Engage in Conceptual Thought?
Article first published online: 13 MAR 2012
© 2012 The Author. Philosophy Compass © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 7, Issue 3, pages 218–229, March 2012
How to Cite
Beck, J. (2012), Do Animals Engage in Conceptual Thought?. Philosophy Compass, 7: 218–229. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-9991.2011.00463.x
- Issue published online: 13 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 13 MAR 2012
This article surveys and evaluates the answers that philosophers and animal researchers have given to two questions. Do animals have thoughts? If so, are their thoughts conceptual? Along the way, special attention is paid to distinguish debates of substance from mere battles over terminology, and to isolate fruitful areas for future research.