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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 Fabricating Science

For Fabricating Science

Do animals have a sense of prestige?

(p.37) F For Fabricating Science
What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions?

Vinciane Despret

, Brett Buchanan
University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores ethology’s shifts in their scientific understanding of animal subjectivity: animals have been conceived of as both subjects with the capacity for aesthetic judgment and as biologically programmed automatons. The author considers studies of peacocks and babblers’ costly exhibitions of prestige, anthropomorphic and experimental methodologies, to reveal how the birds predict, translate, and respond to the intentions of others.

Keywords:   Amotz Zahavi, Konrad Lorenz, scientific methodology, animal subjectivity and consciousness, prestige, exhibition, anecdotal

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