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Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Science

Causation with a Human Face

Normative Theory and Descriptive Psychology

James Woodward

Causation with a Human Face

Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Science

Causation with a Human Face

Normative Theory and Descriptive Psychology

Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Science: Causation with a Human Face

 

The past few decades have seen an explosion of research on causal reasoning in philosophy, computer science, and statistics, as well as descriptive research in psychology about how people reason about causes.


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Beschrijving Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Science: Causation with a Human Face

The past few decades have seen an explosion of research on causal reasoning in philosophy, computer science, and statistics, as well as descriptive work in psychology. In Causation with a Human Face, James Woodward integrates these lines of research and argues for an understanding of how each can inform the other: normative ideas can suggest interesting experiments, while descriptive results can suggest important normative concepts. Woodward's overall
framework builds on the interventionist treatment of causation that he developed in Making Things Happen. Normative ideas discussed include proposals about the role of invariant or stable relationships in successful causal reasoning and the notion of proportionality. He argues that these normative ideas are
reflected in the causal judgments that people actually make as a descriptive matter.

Woodward also discusses the common philosophical practice-particularly salient in philosophical accounts of causation—of appealing to "intuitions" or "judgments about cases" in support of philosophical theses. He explores how, properly understood, such appeals are not different in principle from appeals to results from empirical research, and demonstrates how they may serve as a useful source of information about causal cognition.


ISBN
9780197585412
Pagina's
432
Verschenen
Serie
Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Science
NUR
770
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

Psychologie