Introducing Kristin Andrews

I am pleased to be able to introduce Kristin Andrews as our next Featured Scholar.

Kristin is Associate Professor of Philosophy at York University (Toronto) and works on the nature of social cognition in humans and non-human animals, human social relations and our relations to non-human animals. As well as numerous articles and book chapters on (social) cognition and normativity in humans and non-human animals, the methodology of the study of animal cognition, and animal ethics,  Kristin has two books on the philosophy of animal minds.

In her 2012 book Do Apes Reads Minds? she argues that both human and non-human apes understand others not so much by reading their minds (ie. by attributing mental states to them), but by understanding them as persons within a broader social and cultural context. On this view, folk psychology consists of a plurality of practices and cognitive tools. She also argues that predicting and explaining someone’s behaviour are two rather different things, and that we shouldn’t assume a symmetry between prediction and explanation when it comes to studying social cognition.

Her forthcoming The Animal Mind provides an introduction to the philosophy of animal cognition and its relevance for broader questions within the philosophy of mind.

Over the next couple of weeks, Kristin will be posting here on her past, current and future research, and I am very much looking forward to her contributions and to the discussion.

Note that comments on Wayne’s symposium will remain open for at least another week.

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