Causal Cognition: A Multidisciplinary Debate

Paperback | April 30, 1999

EditorDan Sperber, David Premack, Ann James Premack

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An understanding of cause--effect relationships is fundamental to the study of cognition. In this book, outstanding specialists from comparative psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, anthropology, and philosophy present the newest developments in the study of causalcognition and discuss their different perspectives. They reflect on the role and forms of causal knowledge, both in animal and human cognition, on the development of human causal cognition from infancy, and on the relationship between individual and cultural aspects of causal understanding. Theresult is a state-of-the-art, informative, insightful, and interdisciplinary debate aimed at the non-specialist.

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An understanding of cause--effect relationships is fundamental to the study of cognition. In this book, outstanding specialists from comparative psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, anthropology, and philosophy present the newest developments in the study of causalcognition and discuss their different perspectives....

D. Sperber is at CREA, CNRS, Paris. D. Premack is at CNRS, Paris.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:690 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.61 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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IntroductionPart I: Causal representation in animal cognitionPart II: Causal understanding in na"ive physicsPart III: Causal understanding in na"ive psychologyPart IV: Causal understanding in na"ive biologyPart V: Understanding social causalityPart VI: The legitimacy of domain-specific causal understandings: philosophical considerationsPart VII: Domain-general approaches to causal understandingPart VIII: Causal understanding in cross-cultural perspectiveAfterwordIndex

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`This book brings together approaches from disciplines such as comparative psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, anthropology, and philosophy to present the newest developments in the study of causal cognition and to discuss their different perspectives.'Journal of Consumer 20:4, Dec 1997