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Behavior and Its Causes : Philosophical Foundations of Operant Psychology - Terry L. Smith

Behavior and Its Causes

Philosophical Foundations of Operant Psychology

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Published: 30th June 1994
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This series will include monographs and collections of studies devoted to the investigation and exploration of knowledge, information, 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, experimental, and methodological studies will also appear from time to time. While most philosophers and psychologists tend to believe that the rise of cognitive psychology has occurred concomitant with the decline of operant psychology, Terry L. Smith contends that nothing could be further from the truth. He maintains that operant psychology has discovered (and continues to discover) reasonably well-confirmed causal principles of intentional behavior, which go beyond what cognitive psychology can provide, while cognitive psychology, in tum, has the potential to supply analyses (and explanations) that account for them. Smith thus advances a surprising but nonetheless illuminating perspective for appreciating the place of operant conditioning within the discipline of psychology in this rich and fascinating work. J. H. F.

Series Preface
Preface
Introduction: The Anomalous Survival of Operant Psychology
Understanding the Program of Research
Defining the Operant
Not a Form of S-R Psychology
The Functional Nature of Behavioral Categories
Circumventing Standard Criticisms of the Program
Minor Problems
Folk Psychology's Critique
Rebutting Folk Psychology's Critique
A Sophisticated Rejoinder by Philosophers
Weighing the Strengths and Weaknesses of Radical Behaviorism
What is Radical Behaviorism?
The Scientific Case for Radical Behaviorism
The Analogy with Natural Selection
Disentangling the Program from Radical Behaviorism
Transcending Behaviorism
Operant Psychology without Behaviorism
References
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
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ISBN: 9780792328155
ISBN-10: 0792328159
Series: Studies in Cognitive Systems
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 267
Published: 30th June 1994
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57