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

Cite this article as:
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 They justify their answer by appeal to over thirty previously unpublished experiments.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 psychology Primatology Evolution Human uniqueness 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012

Authors and Affiliations

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

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