Interpretations without justification: a general argument against Morgan’s Canon

@article{Starzak2016InterpretationsWJ,
  title={Interpretations without justification: a general argument against Morgan’s Canon},
  author={Tobias Starzak},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={2016},
  volume={194},
  pages={1681-1701}
}
In this paper I critically discuss and, in the end, reject Morgan’s Canon, a popular principle in comparative psychology. According to this principle we should always prefer explanations of animal behavior in terms of lower psychological processes over explanations in terms of higher psychological processes, when alternative explanations are possible. The validity of the principle depends on two things, a clear understanding of what it means for psychological processes to be higher or lower… Expand
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