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What Could Cognition Be, If Not Human Cognition?: Individuating cognitive abilities in the light of evolution

Figdor, Carrie (2022) What Could Cognition Be, If Not Human Cognition?: Individuating cognitive abilities in the light of evolution. [Preprint]

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Abstract

I argue that an explicit distinction between cognitive characters and cognitive phenotypes is needed for empirical progress in the cognitive sciences and their integration with evolution-guided sciences. I elaborate what ontological commitment to characters involves and how such a commitment would clarify ongoing debates about the relations between human and nonhuman cognition and the extent of cognitive abilities across biological species. I use theoretical proposals in episodic memory, language, and sociocultural bases of cognition to illustrate how cognitive characters are being introduced in scientific practice.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Figdor, Carrie0000-0002-1005-4104
Additional Information: Forthcoming (as of Sept. 2022) in Biology & Philosophy
Keywords: cognitive homology; animal cognition; evolutionary psychology; characters; comparative cognition
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Comparative Psychology and Ethology
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Developmental Psychology
Depositing User: Dr Carrie Figdor
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2022 01:11
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2022 01:11
Item ID: 21211
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Comparative Psychology and Ethology
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Developmental Psychology
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21211

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