Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Folk Physics for ApesThe Chimpanzee's theory of how the world works$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Daniel Povinelli

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198572190

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198572190.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 20 June 2019

Causality, tool use, and folk physics: a comparative approach

Causality, tool use, and folk physics: a comparative approach

Chapter:
(p.73) Chapter 3 CAUSALITY, TOOL USE, AND FOLK PHYSICS: A COMPARATIVE APPROACH
Source:
Folk Physics for Apes
Author(s):

Daniel J. Povinelli

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198572190.003.0003

Chapter 2 showed how the natural, spontaneous social behavior of chimpanzees — no matter how similar it appears to our own — may be attended by very different kinds of psychological states. This chapter sets the stage for asking similar kinds of questions about chimpanzees' natural and spontaneous interactions with physical objects in the context of their use and manufacture of simple tools. It begins with a review of the very limited experimental evidence which bears on the question of how nonhuman primates understand physical causality in the context of their use and manufacture of tools. It shows how this evidence is ambiguous with respect to the question of whether or not species other than our own appeal to unobservable phenomena to assist in explaining or predicting interactions among physical objects. Second, and in contrast, the chapter presents evidence that human children, from a very early age, come to develop a folk physics which directly appeals to precisely these kinds of unobservable phenomena.

Keywords:   folk physics, social behavior, physical causality, unobservable phenomena

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .