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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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Do chimpanzees die like we do?

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What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions?

Vinciane Despret

, Brett Buchanan
University of Minnesota Press

This chapter relates the mourning behaviour of chimpanzees and humans to question the birfurcation of human and animal ways of thinking. Rather than see them as mutually exclusive genera of thought to be translated, from one to the other, the author argues for a double movement of comparison within each field of possible meanings, where one connects relations of differences instead of imposing the meaning structures of one onto the other.

Keywords:   chimpanzee, mourning, death, meaning, translation, versions, equivocation

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