Agency, time, and causality


Cognitive Scientists interested in causal cognition increasingly search for evidence from non-Western Educational Industrial Rich Democratic people but find only very few cross-cultural studies that specifically target causal cognition. This article suggests how information about causality can be retrieved from ethnographic monographs, specifically from ethnographies that discuss agency and concepts of time. Many apparent cultural differences with regard to causal cognition dissolve when cultural extensions of agency and personhood to non-humans are taken into account. At the same time considerable variability remains when we include notions of time, linearity and sequence. The article focuses on ethnographic case studies from Africa but provides a more general perspective on the role of ethnography in research on the diversity and universality of causal cognition.



Widlok, T. (2014): Agency, time, and causality. – In: Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 5, DOI: DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01264

Authors Widlok, Thomas
Type article
Title Agency, time, and causality
DOI DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01264
Journal Frontiers in Psychology
Year 2014
Volume 5
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