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Understanding Counterfactuals, Understanding Causation: Issues in Philosophy and Psychology

Christoph Hoerl, Teresa McCormack, and Sarah R. Beck

Abstract

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 th ... More

Keywords: causal reasoning, counterfactual reasoning, conditional reasoning, causal selection, enabling conditions, counterfactual theories of causation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199590698
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590698.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christoph Hoerl, editor
University of Warwick

Teresa McCormack, editor
Queen's University, Belfast

Sarah R. Beck, editor
University of Birmingham

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