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Causal CognitionA Multidisciplinary Debate$
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Dan Sperber, David Premack, and Ann James Premack

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198524021

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524021.001.0001

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Logic and language in causal explanation

Logic and language in causal explanation

(p.495) 16 Logic and language in causal explanation
Causal Cognition

Denis J. Hilton

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the causal explanation as a conversational practice, and draws on the account of verbal communication in terms of a ‘co-operative principle’ and of ‘maxims of conversation’. It also presents a conversational model of the causal explanation which highlights the interpersonal dimension of explaining.

Keywords:   causal explanation, verbal communication, co-operative principle, maxims of conversation, conversational model

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