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Understanding counterfactuals, understanding causation : issues in philosophy and psychology

Author: Christoph Hoerl; Teresa McCormack; Sarah Beck
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011.
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How are causal judgements such as 'the ice on the road caused the traffic accident' connected with judgements such as 'if there had not been any ice on the road, the traffic accident would not have happened'? This book looks at this question by uniting psychological and philosophical approaches to causation and counterfactuals.
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Understanding counterfactuals, understanding causation
2011
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christoph Hoerl; Teresa McCormack; Sarah Beck
ISBN: 9780191731242 0191731242
OCLC Number: 939962627
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: 1. Introduction: Understanding Counterfactuals and Causation ; 2. Psychological Studies of Causal and Counterfactual Reasoning ; 3. The Relationship between Children's Causal and Counterfactual Judgments ; 4. Perceptual Causality, Counterfactuals, and Special Causal Concepts ; 5. Counterfactual and Other Forms of Conditional Reasoning: Children Lost in the Nearest Possible World ; 6. Multiple Developments in Counterfactual Thinking ; 7. Domain-Specific Causal Knowledge and Children's Reasoning about Possibility ; 8. Mental Simulation and the Nexus of Causal and Counterfactual Explanation ; 9. Counterfactual Availability and Causal Judgement ; 10. The Role of Counterfactual Dependence in Causal Judgements ; 11. Counterfactual and Causal Thoughts about Exceptional Events ; 12. Causation First: Why Causation is Prior to Counterfactuals ; 13. Suppositions, Conditionals, and Causal Claims
Responsibility: [edited by] Christoph Hoerl, Teresa McCormack, and Sarah R. Beck.
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