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Being aware of rational animals

Jean-Yves Béziau

pp. 319-331

Modern science has qualified human beings as homo sapiens. Is there a serious scientific theory backing this nomenclature? And can we proclaim ourselves as wise (sapiens)? The classical rational animals characterization has apparently the same syntactic form (a qualificative applied to a substantive) but it is not working exactly in the same way. Moreover the semantics behind is more appropriate, encompassing a pivotal ambiguity. In the second part of the paper, we further delve into this ambiguity, relating rationality with three fundamental features of these creatures: ability to laugh, sexuality and transformation.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-43784-2_16

Full citation:

Béziau, J.-Y. (2017)., Being aware of rational animals, in G. Dodig Crnkovic & R. Giovagnoli (eds.), Representation and reality in humans, other living organisms and intelligent machines, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 319-331.

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