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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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Reasoning About Causation

Reasoning About Causation

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(p.69) 6 Reasoning About Causation
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Causal Models
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Steven Sloman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183115.003.0006

This chapter discusses three kinds of reasoning that illustrate the central role of causality. The first part shows that causal considerations enter into how people think about some mathematical equations, that their thinking about equations reflects an underlying causal structure. The second part concerns social attribution, reasoning about why people do things. It is shown that people's explanations of behaviour depend on the causal model that they believe governs that behaviour. The third part concerns reasoning about counterfactual events.

Keywords:   causality, thinking, mathematical equations, social attribution, counterfactual events

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