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Animal deception and the content of signals (2021)


In cases of animal mimicry, the receiver of the signal learns the truth that he is either dealing with the real thing or with a mimic. Thus, despite being a prototypical example of animal deception, mimicry does not seem to qualify as deception on the traditional definition, since the receiver is not actually misled. We offer a new account of propositional content in sender-receiver games that explains how the receiver is misled (and deceived) by mimicry. We show that previous accounts of deception, and of propositional content, give incorrect results about whether certain signals are deceptive.

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Authors & Contributors
Birch, Jonathan
Godfrey-Smith, Peter
Tattersall, Ian
Oyama, Susan
Griesemer, James R.
Sterelny, Kim
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Archives of Natural History
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Science
Journal of the History of Biology
Adaptation (biology)
Animal behavior
Philosophy of biology
Animal psychology
Wynne-Edwards, Vero Copner
Lack, David Lambert
Fernberger, Samuel Weiller
Lorenz, Konrad
Albertus Magnus
Callister, Henry
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century, early
20th century
21st century
13th century
United States
Maryland (U.S.)
Florida (U.S.)
Sea World, San Diego

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