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Behavior Theory and Philosophy - Kennon A. Lattal

Behavior Theory and Philosophy

By: Kennon A. Lattal (Editor), Philip N. Chase (Editor)

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Although often associated with the experimental analysis of behavior, behavior theory and philosophy also is concerned with those concepts that govern the practice and application of the science of behavior. Increasingly, behavior theory and philosophy also includes the interpretation of classes of behavior that are either presently beyond the methods of scientific study or simply have not yet been studied using the methods of the experimental analysis of behavior. The experimental analysis of behavior, applied behavior analysis, and interpretive analyses of behavior together form the corpus of concepts that constitute behavioral psychology. Philosophy itself constitutes a fourth conceptual level that provides a wellspring of constructs and concepts on which the content areas of behavior analysis draw. Philosophical principles also serve a watchdog function whereby behavioral accounts of human action are frequently challenged, but more often shaped.

This volume has several goals with respect to the interplay between philosophy and behavioral psychology's experimental, applied, and interpretive levels of knowing. The first is to examine core principles in the philosophy of science, as they are interpreted by and relate to behavioral psychology. The second goal is to examine how these core principles interact with different problem areas in the study of human behavior, especially those of application and interpretation. The third, broader, goal is to convey how experimental, applied, and interpretive analyses complement one another to advance the understanding of behavior and, in so doing, also the philosophy of science.

Themes in Behavior Theory and Philosophyp. 1
Philosophical Foundations
Explanation and Description in Traditional Neobehaviorism, Cognitive Psychology, and Behavior Analysisp. 13
Pragmatism and Behavior Analysisp. 41
Empiricismp. 63
Explanatory Reductionism in Behavior Analysisp. 83
Selectionismp. 103
Humanism and Skinner's Radical Behaviorismp. 129
Concepts and Theories: Relation to Scientific Categoriesp. 147
Interpretations
Cognitionp. 167
Privacyp. 187
When We Speak of Intentionsp. 203
Operant Contingencies and the Origin of Culturesp. 223
Implications of Determinism: Personal Responsibility and the Value of Sciencep. 243
Advancing Behaviorism in a Judeo-Christian Culture: Suggestions for Finding Common Groundp. 259
Behavior Analysis and a Modern Psychology: Programs of Direct Actionp. 275
Extensions to Research and Application
Verbal Governance, Verbal Shaping, and Attention to Verbal Stimulip. 301
Creativity and Reinforced Variabilityp. 323
In the Analysis of Behavior, What Does "Develop" Mean?p. 339
Behavioral Education: Pragmatic Answers to Questions about Novelty and Efficiencyp. 347
Developmental Disabilities: Scientific Inquiry and Interactions in Behavior Analysisp. 369
Corporate Culturesp. 391
Author Indexp. 409
Subject Indexp. 417
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ISBN: 9780306477805
ISBN-10: 0306477807
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 431
Published: June 2010
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.88