Mind and Language 20 (5):521-536 (2005)

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Kristin Andrews
York University
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I respond to an argument presented by Daniel Povinelli and Jennifer Vonk that the current generation of experiments on chimpanzee theory of mind cannot decide whether chimpanzees have the ability to reason about mental states. I argue that Povinelli and Vonk’s proposed experiment is subject to their own criticisms and that there should be a more radical shift away from experiments that ask subjects to predict behavior. Further, I argue that Povinelli and Vonk’s theoretical commitments should lead them to accept this new approach, and that experiments which offer subjects the opportunity to look for explanations for anomalous behavior should be explored
Keywords Chimpanzee  Mental States  Metaphysics  Mind  Prediction  Reason  Povinelli, Daniel  Vonk, Jennifer
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DOI 10.1111/j.0268-1064.2005.00298.x
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