Lind, Stephen J., "Undefining Man: A Case for Symbolic Animal Communication via Refutation of Kenneth Burke's "Definition of Man"" (2005). Senior Honors Theses. 167.
There have been tendencies in various fields to use communication as a way of differentiating humans and other species. Even when individuals are confronted with empirical evidence to the contrary, many still hold onto the notion that humans are in a communicative position clearly divergent in all ways from animals. This thesis will utilize Kenneth Burke's "Definition of Man" as a launching point to support a claim that animals utilize their conscious cognitive abilities to communicate symbolically.