Povinelli’s Problem and Introspection


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Michael Roche
Idaho State University
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Povinelli’s Problem is a well-known methodological problem confronting those researching nonhuman primate cognition. In this paper I add a new wrinkle to this problem. The wrinkle concerns introspection, i.e., the ability to detect one’s own mental states. I argue that introspection either creates a new obstacle to solving Povinelli’s Problem, or creates a slightly different, but closely related, problem. I apply these arguments to Robert Lurz and Carla Krachun’s (Review of Philosophy and Psychology 2: 449–481, 2011) recent attempt at solving Povinelli’s Problem
Keywords Povinelli's Problem  Mindreading  Non-human primates  Introspection  Lurz and Krachun
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DOI 10.1007/s13164-013-0152-5
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