Crítica, Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, Volume 45, number 133, abril 2013
Conceptos de sustancias y conceptos de propiedades en animales no humanos
[Substance Concepts and Property Concepts in Non-Human Animals]
Laura Danón
Facultad de Psicología y Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades
Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina)
Consejo de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas

Abstract: This paper has two central aims. Firstly, I will present a variety of conceptual pragmatism according to which some concepts are abilities to identify substances and properties, showing that the creature that has these abilities satisfies, in different degrees, a group of important requirements for concept possession. Secondly, I will defend the viability of extending this approach to non human animals, by examining empirical evidence which shows: i) that different animals can identify substances in their surroundings, and ii) that some birds and primates can also identify certain functional properties.
Keywords: animal concepts, identification, Millikan, conceptual abilities, conceptual pragmatism

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