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What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions?$
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Vinciane Despret

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692378

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692378.001.0001

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For Beasts

For Beasts

Do apes really ape?

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What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions?

Vinciane Despret

, Brett Buchanan
University of Minnesota Press

This chapter interrogates the trope of the “dumb animal” and questions whether animals share human cognitive attributes such as imitation, emulation, invention, language, and consciousness. In doing so, the author questions the scientific assumptions and methodologies involved in assessing animal intelligence and intention.

Keywords:   imitation, invention, language, emulation, intelligence, scientific method, intention

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