Anthropomorphism

Discipline: Philosophy

A term first used in biology by the encyclopaedist George Henry Lewes (1817-1878) in Seaside Studies, this is the interpretation of animal behaviors in terms of human motivation; for example, the notion that a mother dog cares for her puppies because she loves them.

Difficult or impossible to prove or disprove, anthropomorphism is viewed dubiously by most modern biologists.

Source:
W Beck, Life: An Introduction to Biology (New York, 1991)

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