David M. Peña-Guzmán, Can nonhuman animals commit suicide?


Peña-Guzmán’s discussion of suicide in nonhuman animals has broad implications. In this commentary, I focus on the logical relation between suicide and intention. Proximate cause must be distinguished from ultimate function in explanations of suicide. I briefly discuss two adaptationist accounts of suicidal behavior.

Author Biography

Tim Racine is Professor of History, Quantitative and Theoretical Psychology at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada. His research is on the use of conceptual analysis and evolutionary theory in psychology, and the development of social cognition in human and nonhuman primates.