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Philosophy - Epistemology & Philosophy of Science | The Philosophical Legacy of Behaviorism

The Philosophical Legacy of Behaviorism

Series: Studies in Cognitive Systems, Vol. 22

Thyer, Bruce (Ed.)

1999, XV, 261 p.

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This series will include monographs and collections of studies devoted to the investigation and exploration of knowledge, infonnation, and data-processing systems of all kinds, no matter whether human, (other) animal, or machine. Its scope is intended to span the full range of interests from classical problems in the philosophy of mind and philosophical psychology through issues in cognitive psychology and sociobiology (concerning the mental capabilities of other species) to ideas related to artificial intelligence and computer science. While primary emphasis will be placed upon theoretical, conceptual, and epistemological aspects of these problems and domains, empirical, experi­ mental, and methodological studies will also appear from time to time. In the present volume, Bruce Thyer has brought together an impressive collection of original studies concerning philosophical aspects of behaviorism, which continues to exert considerable influence even in the era of the Cognitive Revolution. From its early origins and basic principles to its analysis of verbal behavior, consciousness, and free-will, determinism, and self-control, this work offers something of value for everyone with a serious interest in understanding scientific method in application to human behavior. Indeed, as the editor remarks, behaviorism is as much a philosophy as it is an approach to the study of behavior. The breadth and depth of this approach receives proper representation in this work devoted to its rich and varied philosophical legacy. J.H.F. v BA. Thyer (ed.). The Philosophical Legacy of Behaviorism, v.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » B. F. Skinner - Black Box - Philosophy of Science - Skinner - Verbal Behavior - epistemology - ontology - reason - subject

Related subjects » Applied Ethics & Social Responsibility - Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - Philosophy

Table of contents 

Preface; B.A. Thyer. Foreword; J.A. Dinsmoor. The Origins of Behaviorism; M.L. Commons, E.A. Goodheart. Basic Principles of Behaviorism; J. Moore. Epistemology; R. Garrett. Ethics; E.A. Vargas. Verbal Behavior; J.S. Bailey, R.J. Wallander. Consciousness and Private Events; S.C. Hayes, et al. Free Will, Determinism & Self-Control; B. Waller. Some Criticisms of Behaviorism; R. Schnaitter. Subject Index. Name Index.

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