The Representation of Temporal Magnitudes in Nonhuman Animals
Angelica Kaufmann (Universität Göttingen, Columbia University)

part of: Numbers, Minds, and Magnitudes
June 1, 2019, 10:15am - 11:15am
Department of Philosophy, New College of the Humanities

19 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3HH
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Drawing on Chris Peacocke (2017)’s view about magnitudes, Hoerl and McCormack (forthcoming) argue that comparative and developmental psychology teaches us that neither animals nor infants can think and reason about time. We argue that the authors neglect to take into account pivotal evidence from ethology that suggests that nonhuman animals do possess a capacity to represent and reason about time, namely, work done on Sumatran orangutans’ long travel calls. 

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