279 Book Reviews ROBERT W. MITCHELL, NICHOLAS S. THOMPSON AND H. LYNN MILES (EDS) Anthropomorphism, Anecdotes, and Animals. Albany: State University of New York, 1997, xx, 518 pp. Françoise Wemelsfelder SCOTTISH AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE, EDINBURGH This book presents an enormous range of different perspectives on and evaluations of the problem of anthropomorphism. Radical behaviorists in the first half of this century perhaps thought they had that problem dead and buried. However, with the publication of Griffin's The Question of Animal Awareness ( 1976), it re-emerged into mainstream science, and now is alive and kicking. The crucial question is to what extent do psychological interpretations of animal behavior have scientific validity? In many different fields, but especially that of animal welfare, the question is now pertinent. The aim of the three editors is to provide a forum for thoughtful discussion and to bring out the diversity of views, rather than to attempt to mould these into a structured theoretical framework. In 29 chapters, animal behavior experts, philosophers, psychologists, histori- ans and anthropologists argue their views and support them with available evi- dence. The stimulating and provocative overview of socio-cultural and historical perspectives, philosophical principles, and various kinds of behavioral evidence
Society & Animals – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1998
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