Experiencing Animal Minds: An Anthology of Human-Animal Encounters

Kobo ebook | November 27, 2012

byJulie Smith, Robert Mitchell

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In these multidisciplinary essays, academic scholars and animal experts explore the nature of animal minds and the methods humans conventionally and unconventionally use to understand them. The collection features chapters by scholars working in psychology, sociology, history, philosophy, literary studies, and art as well as chapters by or about people who live or work with animals, including the founder of a sanctuary for chickens, a fur trapper, a popular canine psychologist, a horse trainer, and an art photographer who captures everyday contact between humans and their animal companions.

Divided into five sections, the collection first considers the ways that humans live with animals and the influence of cohabitation on their perceptions of animals’ minds. It follows with an examination of anthropomorphism as both a guide and hindrance to mapping animal consciousness. Chapters in the next section examine the effects of embodiment on animals’ minds and the role of animal-human interembodiment on humans’ understandings of animals’ minds. Final sections identify historical representations of difference between human and animal consciousness and their relevance to pre-established cultural attitudes, as well as the ways that representations of animals’ minds target particular audiences and sometimes produce problematic outcomes. The editors conclude with a discussion of the relationship between the book’s chapters and two pressing themes: the relationship of human beliefs about animals’ minds on human ethical behavior and the challenges and conditions for knowing the minds of animals. By inviting readers to compare and contrast multiple, uncommon points of view, this collection offers a unique encounter with the diverse minds and theories now shaping animal studies.

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In these multidisciplinary essays, academic scholars and animal experts explore the nature of animal minds and the methods humans conventionally and unconventionally use to understand them. The collection features chapters by scholars working in psychology, sociology, history, philosophy, literary studies, and art as well as chapters b...

Julie A. Smith is associate professor emeritus of the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. Her published articles concern early English book illustrations, representations of animals' minds in literary works, and human understandings of rabbits' minds. She is active in animal rescue and a...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 27, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Engaging Animal Minds: Matters of Perspective, by Robert W. Mitchell and Julie A. Smith
1, by Living with Animals
1. The Mental Life of Chickens as Observed Through Their Social Relationships, by Karen Davis
2. Tangible Affiliations: Photographic Representations of Touch Between Human and Animal Companions, by Julia Schlosser
3. Beaver Voices: Grey Owl and Interspecies Communication, by Albert Braz
2, by Anthropomorphisms
4. The Historical Animal Mind: "Sagacity" in Nineteenth-Century Britain, by Rob Boddice
5. Science of the Monkey Mind: Primate Penchants and Human Pursuits, by Sara Waller
6. Can Animals Make "Art"? Popular and Scientific Discourses About Expressivity and Cognition in Primates, by Jane C. Desmond
3, by Embodiments and Interembodiments
"7. Toward a Privileging of the Nonverbal: Communication, Corporeal Synchronicity, and Transcendence in Humans and Horses", by Gala Argent
8. Thinking Like a Whale: Interdisciplinary Methods for the Study of Human-Animal Interactions, by Traci Warkentin
9. The Meaning of "Energy" in Cesar Millan's Discourse on Dogs, by Julie A. Smith
10. Inner Experience as Perception(like) with Attitude, by Robert W. Mitchell
11. The Voice of the Living: Becoming-Artistic and the Creaturely Refrain in D. H. Lawrence's "Tortoise Shout", by Carrie Rohman
12. Unique Attributes of the Elephant Mind: Perspectives on the Human Mind, by Benjamin L. Hart and Lynette A. Hart
"13. Brains, Bodies, and Minds: Against a Hierarchy of Animal Faculties", by David Dillard-Wright
4, by Animal Versus Human Consciousness
14. Rethinking the Cognitive Abilities of Animals, by Gary Steiner
15. Assessing Evidence for Animal Consciousness: The Question of Episodic Memory, by Paula Droege
16. What Are Animals Conscious Of?, by Alain Morin
5, by Tailoring Representations to Audiences
17. Chimpanzees Attribute Beliefs? A New Approach to Answering an Old Nettled Question, by Robert W. Lurz
18. Minding the Animal in Contemporary Art, by Jessica Ullrich
"19. Popular Beliefs and Understanding of the Dolphin Mind", by "Jessica Sickler, John Fraser, and Diana Reiss"
"20. Perceiving the Minds of Animals: Sociological Warfare, the Social Imaginary, and Mediated Representations of Animals Shaping Human Understandings of Animals", by Brian M. Lowe
6, by Synthesis
21. Animal Ethics and Animals' Minds: Reflections, by Julie A. Smith and Robert W. Mitchell
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In Experiencing Animal Minds, Julie A. Smith and Robert W. Mitchell bring together a stellar group of scholars ranging, literally, from A (art historians) to Z (zoologists), all of whom are concerned with our ability to understand the minds of other species. Readers will contemplate such topics as whether apes make art, how dolphins act as cultural icons, Cesar Milan's view of dog psychology, the neural basis of elephant sociality, and the animal mind/animal body connection. The result is a wonderfully eclectic intellectual ride held together by the authors' perspectives on the question 'What is it like to be a____________?' (Insert the species of your choice).