The book approaches the language experiments with great apes performed in the last 50 years from the point of view of logical semantics, speech act theory, and philosophy of the social sciences based on the linguistic turn in philosophy. The author reconstructs the experiments with the great apes Washoe, Chantek, Lana, Sherman, Austin, Kanzi, Sarah and Sheba who were taught various kinds of languages, including the language of mathematics. From the point of view of the philosophy of science these experiments are interpreted as being part of the social sciences. The book proposes new mathematical experiments that are based on modern semantical reconstruction of the language of mathematics. The author shows that modern scientific research into great apes has shifted from natural science to social science.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data:
Names: Hanzel, Igor.
Title: 50 years of language experiments with great apes / Igor Hanzel.
Other titles: Fifty years of language experiments with great apes
Description: Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang GmbH, 2017. | Includes bibliographical references.
Identifiers: LCCN 2017006397 | ISBN 9783631720936
Subjects: LCSH: Hominids—Behavior. | Apes—Behavior. | Animal communication. | Human-animal communication.
Classification: LCC QL776 .H35 2017 | DDC 591.59/4—dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2017006397
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