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Learning from Animals?: Examining the Nature of Human Uniqueness

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Human language, cognition, and culture are unique; they are unparalleled in the animal kingdom. The claim that we can learn what makes us human by studying other animal species provokes vigorous reactions and many deny that comparative research can shed any light on the origins and character of human distinctive capacities. However, Learning from Animals? presents empirical research and an analysis of comparative approaches for an understanding of human uniqueness, arguing that we cannot know what capacities are uniquely human until we learn what other species can do. This interdisciplinary volume explores the prospects and problems of comparative approaches for understanding modern humans' abilities by presenting: (1) the latest findings and theoretical approaches in primatology, comparative psychology, linguistics, and philosophy; (2) methodological reflections on the prospects and challenges of understanding human capacities through comparative research strategies; and (3) discussions of conceptual and ethical issues. This is the first book to address the issues raised by comparative research from such a diverse perspective.

It will therefore be of great interest to students, researchers, and professionals in comparative psychology, linguistics, primatology, biology, and philosophy.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologyParapsychological studiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologyStates of consciousnessSleep & dreamsScience & MathematicsBiology, life sciencesZoology & animal sciencesAnimal behaviour Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Publication Date: 17/10/2008 ISBN-13: 9781841697079  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Louise S. Roska-Hardy studied philosophy and linguistics, before taking her doctorate in philosophy, sociology, and linguistics in Frankfurt am Main. She has taught philosophy and linguistics at universities in Germany, Switzerland, and the USA. Eva M. Neumann-Held studied biology and philosophy. As researcher and lecturer she participated in numerous biophilosophical projects, among them "Genome and Organisms: Philosophical Interpretations of Developmental Biology". Currently she lectures in philosophy and biophilosophy at the University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany. Roska-Hardy and Neumann-Held are among the founders of the interdisciplinary research group "What are human beings? Culture-Language-Nature" (University of Dortmund and KWI).

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