|Abstract||Recently, a number of authors—including Hitchcock & Knobe (2009) and Alicke, et al. (in press)—have argued that normative considerations are ubiquitous in causal cognition. In this paper, we first argue that these claims depend on a very large inferential leap that is not warranted either by the empirical data or on theoretical grounds. We then provide positive reasons—based both in theory and two novel experiments that we conducted—to think that the influence of normative considerations on causal cognition is not nearly as widespread as has been claimed by these authors. Norms can play a significant cognitive role, but their influence is not ubiquitous.|
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