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Doing away with Morgan's Canon
Mind and Language (2008)
  • Simon Fitzpatrick, John Carroll University
Abstract

Morgan's canon is a very widely endorsed methodological principle in animal psychology, believed to be vital for a rigorous, scientific approach to the study of animal cognition. In contrast I argue that Morgan's canon is unjustified, pernicious and unnecessary. I identify two main versions of the canon and show that they both suffer from very serious problems. I then suggest an alternative methodological principle that captures all of the genuine methodological benefits that Morgan's canon can bring but suffers from none of its problems.

Publication Date
April, 2008
Citation Information
Simon Fitzpatrick. "Doing away with Morgan's Canon" Mind and Language Vol. 23 Iss. 2 (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/simon_fitzpatrick/2/