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Animals and Humans, Thinking and Nature


Animals and Humans, Thinking and Nature

Morris, David (2005) Animals and Humans, Thinking and Nature. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 4 (1). pp. 49-72. ISSN 1568-7759

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Studies that compare human and animal behaviour suspend prejudices about mind, body and their relation, by approaching thinking in terms of behaviour. Yet comparative approaches typically engage another prejudice, motivated by human social and bodily experience: taking the lone animal as the unit of comparison. This prejudice informs Heidegger’s and Merleau-Ponty’s comparative studies, and conceals something important: that animals moving as a group in an environment can develop new sorts of “sense.” The study of animal group-life thus suggests a new way of thinking about the creation of sense, about the body, the brain, and the relation between thinking and nature.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Philosophy
Item Type:Article
Authors:Morris, David
Journal or Publication:Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences
Date:March 2005
ID Code:6401
Deposited On:23 Oct 2009 19:03
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 23:54
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