Clark Hull, Robert Cummins, and functional analysis

Philosophy of Science 51 (December):657-666 (1984)
Robert Cummins has recently used the program of Clark Hull to illustrate the effects of logical positivist epistemology upon psychological theory. On Cummins's account, Hull's theory is best understood as a functional analysis, rather than a nomological subsumption. Hull's commitment to the logical positivist view of explanation is said to have blinded him to this aspect of this theory, and thus restricted its scope. We will argue that this interpretation of Hull's epistemology, though common, is mistaken. Hull's epistemological views were developed independently of, and in considerable contrast to, the principles of logical positivism
Keywords Behaviorism  Epistemology  Functional Analysis  Logical Positivism  Psychology  Cummins, R  Hull, C
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DOI 10.1086/289210
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