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date: 17 February 2020

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Force dynamics is an approach to knowledge representation that aims to describe how notions of force, resistance, and tendency enter into the representation of certain kinds of words and concepts. As a theory of causation, it specifies how the concept of cause may be grounded in people’s representations of force and spatial relations. This chapter reviews theories of force dynamics that have recently emerged in the linguistic, psychological, and philosophical literatures. In discussing these theories, it reveals how a force dynamic account of causation is able to account for many of the key phenomena in causal cognition, including the representation of individual causal events, the encoding of causal relations in language, the encoding of causal chains, and causation by omission.

Keywords: force dynamics, causation, force dynamics, language, psychology, causal chains

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