Journals Higher Education



Published: 12 March 2009

272 Pages


ISBN: 9780199219308

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Guilty Robots, Happy Dogs

The Question of Alien Minds

David McFarland

  • An accessible introduction to the fascinating questions that arise where the philosophy of mind meets artifical intelligence and animal behaviour
  • Asks whether it is scientifically and philosophically justifiable to suppose that animals or robots could have minds like ours
  • Shows how different philosophical standpoints can be traced through to considerably different conclusions about the nature of non-human minds, and how - rather than simply being abstract ideas - they are of great relevance to topics such as animal welfare and cybernetics