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Apes, Language, and the Human Mind

By: Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Stuart G Shanker and Talbot J Taylor

244 pages, B/w photos

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Sep 2001 | #124035 | ISBN: 019514712X
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Hardback | Jul 1998 | #83509 | ISBN: 0195109864
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Discusses the implications of Savage-Rumbaugh's work with laboratory reared primates for cognitive, developmental, and linguistic research, and uses it as a springboard to argue for a radical revision of the sciences of language and mind.


PART 1: ENTRY INTO LANGUAGE; 1. Bringing up Kanzi; Kanzi: The Ape Who Crossed the Line; Would a Bonobo Learn Language; Mother and Child; Kanzi Had Been Keeping a Secret; Morning Exploits; Travels in the Forest; Evening Tours; Living with Kanzi; Theory of Mind; Syntax Grasped; What Kanzi Tells Us; PART 2: THEORETICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL IMPLICATIONS; 2. Philosophical Preconceptions; The Cartesian Revolution; Praedicet Ergo Est : It Predicts Therefore It Is; The Cartesian Mind as "Folk" Theorist; Cartesian Bifurcation versus Mechanist Continuity; Becoming a Person; The "Charm" of the Theory of Mind Thesis; The Cartesian Hierarchy of Psychological Concepts; The Ascent of Pan; "The Constitutional Uncertainty of the Mental"; 3. Rhetorical Implications; "Sure, But Does He Really Understand What We Say?"; Evaluating Metalinguistic Claims: Logical Prerequisites; The Commonsense Picture of Communication; Animal Research and the Scarlet Letter ; The Epistemological Conception and Its Methodological Legacy; Methodological Reductivism; Methodological Operationalism; Metalanguage as Cultural Technique; 4. Beyond Speciesism; Apes Have Language: So What?; Our Shared Heritage; Primal Man; Wholistic Intelligence; Hierarchical Intelligence; Language and Mind; Linguistics and the Innateness Conundrum; The Problem Posed by Kanzi and Alternative Resolutions; The Issue of Intentionality; Social Constructionism; The Perspectival Shift Driven by Kanzi; Quine's Dilemma and Locke's Puzzle; Why Kanzi Could Not be Ignored; The Malleability of the Nervous System; The Achievement of Meaning - with Language; The Achievement of Meaning Unbuttoned: The Emergence of the Social Contract; The New Lens: Moving beyond Speciesism; NOTES; REFERENCES; INDEX

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