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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


Published: 30th June 1994
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The rise of cognitive science in the 1960s was widely heralded as a scientific revolution - an interpretation that implied the decline and eventual death of behavioral psychology. Although many forms of behavioral psychology did indeed disappear, there was a striking exception: the program of operant psychology founded by B.F. Skinner. This program actually grew at a rapid pace during the 'cognitive revolution' and shows no signs of fading away.
What, then, is its place within psychology, and in particular, what is its relationship with cognitive psychology? This book attempts to answer that question.
Distinguishing between operant psychology and the philosophy of radical behaviorism, it concludes that even though radical behaviorism may have been a failure, the operant program of research has been a success. Furthermore, operant psychology and cognitive psychology complement one another, each having its own domain within which it contributes something valuable to, but beyond the reach of, the other.

Series 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
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