Introduction : understanding counterfactuals and causation
Hoerl, Christoph, McCormack, Teresa and Beck, Sarah R. (2011) Introduction : understanding counterfactuals and causation. In: Hoerl, Christoph and McCormack, Teresa and Beck, Sarah R., (eds.) Understanding counterfactuals, understanding causation : issues in philosophy and psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-15. ISBN 9780199590698Full text not available from this repository.
How are causal judgements such as 'The ice on the road caused the traffic accident' connected with counterfactual judgements such as 'If there had not been any ice on the road, the traffic accident would not have happened'? This volume throws new light on this question by uniting, for the first time, psychological and philosophical approaches to causation and counterfactuals. Traditionally, philosophers have primarily been interested in connections between causal and counterfactual claims on the level of meaning or truth-conditions. More recently, however, they have also increasingly turned their attention to psychological connections between causal and counterfactual understanding or reasoning. At the same time, there has been a surge in interest in empirical work on causal and counterfactual cognition amongst developmental, cognitive, and social psychologists--much of it inspired by work in philosophy. In this volume, twelve original contributions from leading philosophers and psychologists explore in detail what bearing empirical findings might have on philosophical concerns about counterfactuals and causation, and how, in turn, work in philosophy might help clarify the issues at stake in empirical work on the cognitive underpinnings of, and relationships between, causal and counterfactual thought.
|Item Type:||Book Item|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Philosophy|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Causation, Counterfactuals (Logic), Reasoning (Psychology)|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Place of Publication:||Oxford|
|Book Title:||Understanding counterfactuals, understanding causation : issues in philosophy and psychology|
|Editor:||Hoerl, Christoph and McCormack, Teresa and Beck, Sarah R.|
|Page Range:||pp. 1-15|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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