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This book is written by a philosopher well versed not only in the comparative psychology of theory of mind but also in the research on human development. Do Apes Read Minds? provides a timely reminder that theory of mind should not be reduced to predicting behavior. There is more to it: belief and desire are used as justifying reasons, and it remains an open question just when children acquire this ability and whether animals have it at all.

(Josef Perner, Department of Psychology and Centre for Neurocognitive Research, University of Salzburg)

An excellent critical history of the theory of mind debate, especially concerning the human ape, which argues persuasively for moving beyond the propositional attitudes to a less intellectualistic account of folk psychology.

(Robert Gordon, Department of Philosophy, University of Missouri)

Do apes read minds? In this thought-provoking book, Kristin Andrews offers much more than an answer to the title question. Her critique of pure mind reading leads to a richer account of the various emotional and cognitive mechanisms that chimpanzees and humans use to form social bonds and coordinate behavior with their own kind. We are left with the realization that we still have much to learn about ourselves and our nearest relatives.

(Colin Allen, Provost Professor of Cognitive Science and History & Philosophy of Science; Director, Indiana University Cognitive Science Program, Indiana University, Bloomington)

Engaging.... an overall valuable and interesting approach.... Do Apes Read Minds? has much to recommend.... worth reading.

(Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews)

Crisply and clearly written, this enjoyable, informative work ends by offering suggestions for further research. Summing up: Highly recommended.

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Kristin Andrews' book has a lot of strengths.... Her argumentation is an excellent example of an empirically oriented philosophy of mind.... There are plenty of great reviews of empirical research which could be particularly useful for philosophy students.

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The psychologically alert reader will find in this book powerful evidence of the contribution that philosophy can make toward clarifying ideas developed by psychology.... The book is a splendid example of how the two -- philosophy and psychology -- can be regarded as separate forms of thinking that, nonetheless, rely on one another for productive descriptions of presumed mental phenomena.

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About the Author

Kristin Andrews is Associate Professor of Philosophy at York University, Toronto.
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Product Details

  • Series: MIT Press
  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (July 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262017555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262017558
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,128,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Micah M. Sadoy on July 23, 2015
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The prose is clear, but the title is misleading. Of the 250 or so pages, there are only about 35 pages of sustained discussion on non-human primate cognition (Chapters 11 & 12).
Most of the book is directed at the dangers of an overly narrow conception of ToM -- specifically, the focus on understanding mental content as the attribution of propositional attitudes.
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Wonderfully clarifying integration of material from widely varying sources bearing on the nature of "folk psychology."
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