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Interventionist Theories of Causation in Psychological Perspective

Jim Woodward

in Causal Learning: Psychology, Philosophy, and Computation

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195176803
eISBN:
9780199958511
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176803.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology

The guiding idea of interventionist accounts of causation is that causal claims (e.g. C causes E) have to do with what would happen to E if an intervention (an idealized experimental manipulation) ... More


Vision and Causal Understanding

William Child

in Perception, Causation, and Objectivity

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199692040
eISBN:
9780191729713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692040.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind

Many of the classic writings on the causal theory of vision date from a period when it was taken for granted that the business of philosophy was conceptual analysis, and that philosophical theories ... More


Joint Reminiscing as Joint Attention to the Past

Christoph Hoerl and Teresa McCormack

in Joint Attention: Communication and Other Minds: Issues in Philosophy and Psychology

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199245635
eISBN:
9780191715303
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245635.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

The activity of joint reminiscing can be seen as involving a particular form of joint attention: joint attention to the past. This chapter examines the developmental role episodes of joint ... More


Tool Use and Causal Cognition: An Introduction

Teresa McCormack, Christoph Hoerl, and Stephen Butterfill

in Tool Use and Causal Cognition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199571154
eISBN:
9780191731259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571154.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

This chapter begins with a discussion on the study of tool use in order to understand causal cognition. It argues that tool use studies reveal the most basic type or causal understanding being put to ... More


On the origin of causal understanding

Susan Carey

in Causal Cognition: A Multidisciplinary Debate

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198524021
eISBN:
9780191689093
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524021.003.0010
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter examines the origins of causal understanding. It analyses studies where causal reasoning characterizes the basic causal mechanisms in terms of which people explain the world around them. ... More


In Praise of Randomisation: The Importance of Causality in Medicine and its Subversion by Philosophers of Science

DAVID COLQUHOUN

in Evidence, Inference and Enquiry

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197264843
eISBN:
9780191754050
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264843.003.0012
Subject:
Sociology, Methodology and Statistics

The job of scientists is to try to distinguish what is true from what is false by means of observation and experiment. That job has been made difficult by some philosophers of science who appear to ... More


Teaching the Normative Theory of Causal Reasoning

Richard Seheines, Matt Easterday, and David Danks

in Causal Learning: Psychology, Philosophy, and Computation

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195176803
eISBN:
9780199958511
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176803.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology

Nearly all of the psychological research on human causal learning involves naïve participants; that is, individuals who have not been taught the normative theory in any way, shape, or form. Almost ... More


The growth of causal understandings of natural kinds

Frank C. Keil

in Causal Cognition: A Multidisciplinary Debate

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198524021
eISBN:
9780191689093
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524021.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter discusses causal understandings of one type of natural kind — living things. It considers three themes: one cannot build a coherent account of our concepts of the natural world without ... More


The articulation of circumstance and causal understandings

Gilbert Lewis

in Causal Cognition: A Multidisciplinary Debate

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198524021
eISBN:
9780191689093
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524021.003.0018
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter discusses the causal understanding of illness. The data come mainly from accounts of illness in Papau New Guinea, and the discussion is concerned with what people do in naturally ... More


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