Biology & Philosophy

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 145–152

In search of balance: a review of Povinelli’s world without weight

Daniel J. Povinelli: World without weight: perspectives on an alien mind. Oxford University Press, 2012, 353 pp

DOI: 10.1007/s10539-012-9352-0

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Buckner, C. Biol Philos (2013) 28: 145. doi:10.1007/s10539-012-9352-0


Povinelli and colleagues ask whether chimpanzees can understand the concept of weight, answering with a resounding “no”. They justify their answer by appeal to over thirty previously unpublished experiments. I here evaluate in detail Povinelli’s arguments against his targets, questioning the assumption that such comparative questions will be resolved with an unequivocal “yes” or “no”.


Comparative psychologyPrimatologyEvolutionHuman uniqueness

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of HoustonHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Ruhr-University BochumBochumGermany