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Authors: Pompe-Alama, Ulrike
Title: Crediting animals with the ability to think : on the role of language in cognition ; a commentary on Adlina Roskies
Online publication date: 26-Oct-2016
Language: english
Abstract: Davidson’s argument for the claim that animals cannot be credited with beliefs rests on the assumption that possessing beliefs —as propositional attitudes —presupposes the possession of language. Based on Roskies’ reconstruction of Davidson’s argument, I want to discuss the implications of overemphasizing the role of language in thinking. I will offer a (tentative) explanation as to why this overemphasis occurs, namely due to a preoccupation with the way we experience ourselves while thinking or “having thoughts”; I further attempt to defend why a bottom-up strategy for the investigation of thought-invoking mechanisms might be a more promising way to study thought and the role of language therein.
DDC: 100 Philosophie
100 Philosophy
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 05 Philosophie und Philologie
Place: Mainz
URN: urn:nbn:de:hebis:77-publ-550377
Version: Published version
Publication type: Buchbeitrag
License: In Copyright
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Citation: Open MIND
Metzinger, Thomas
Pages or article number: Kap. 33(C)
Publisher: MIND Group
Publisher place: Frankfurt am Main
Issue date: 2015
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Publisher DOI: 10.15502/9783958570641
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