A case study from a co-disciplinary approach
In what sense are non-verbal creatures such as animals and human infants capable of thought? Can they reason? Are they able to use sophisticated concepts such as knowledge, causality or intentionality in their dealings with the physical and social world? If they can already do these complex things, what makes adult human thought unique?
This project brings together researchers from the humanities (e.g., linguistics and philosophy) and the sciences (e.g., psychology and biology) in a co- disciplinary effort to make progress on such fundamental questions about the nature of thought, the human-animal divide, and the nature of meaning and communication.