This chapter discusses the theoretical significance of a series of findings from studies that have examined the relationship between children's causal reasoning and their counterfactual reasoning. Some of our evidence indicates that children's causal and counterfactual judgments are not consistent, unlike those of adults. These findings are discussed within the context of psychological theories that emphasise a close link between causal and counterfactual judgments.

First Author: Hoerl, Christoph; McCormack, Teresa; Beck, Sarah R.


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Bibliographic Information

Type: Book Chapter

Book Title: Understanding Counterfactuals, Understanding Causation: Issues in Philosophy and Psychology (2011)

Page Reference: 54-74

ISBN: 9780199590698