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Causal ModelsHow People Think about the World and Its Alternatives$
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Steven Sloman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195183115

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183115.001.0001

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 Agency and the Role of Causation in Mental Life

 Agency and the Role of Causation in Mental Life

(p.3) 1 Agency and the Role of Causation in Mental Life
Causal Models

Steven Sloman

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of the High Church Doctrine of Cognitive Science, which expresses disillusionment with the view that the computer is the best metaphor of mind. The chapter then explains agency as the ability to represent causal intervention. The purpose of this book is outlined and an overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords:   cognitive science, computers, mind, causal intervention, agency

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