On the relationship between causes and reasons

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Abstract

Criticisms by J. H. Harvey and J. A. Tucker and A. W. Kruglanski (see PA, Vol 65:1268 and 1277, respectively) of the author's (see record 1980–09652–001) recent conceptual critique of attribution theory are refuted. Further analysis of the distinction between cause and reason is undertaken, where their relationship is set forth in terms of the growth of knowledge (at both individual and collective levels). The model involves converting causes into reasons and makes use of the psychoanalytic therapy session as an analog. (15 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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