David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy of Science 50 (March):96-111 (1983)
The background hypothesis of this essay is that psychological phenomena are typically explained, not by subsuming them under psychological laws, but by functional analysis. Causal subsumption is an appropriate strategy for explaining changes of state, but not for explaining capacities, and it is capacities that are the central explananda of psychology. The contrast between functional analysis and causal subsumption is illustrated, and the background hypothesis supported, by a critical reassessment of the motivational psychology of Clark Hull. I argue that Hull's work makes little sense construed along the subsumptivist lines he advocated himself, but emerges as both interesting and methodologically sound when construed as an exercise in the sort of functional analysis featured in contemporary cognitive science
|Keywords||Functional Analysis Psychology Science Hull, C|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Laurence D. Smith (1990). Models, Mechanisms, and Explanation in Behavior Theory: The Case of Hull Versus Spence. Behavior and Philosophy 18 (1):1 - 18.
Barbara V. E. Klein (1978). The Role of Psychology in Functional Localization Research. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1978:119 - 133.
Douglas E. Ehring (1985). Dispositions and Functions: Cummins on Functional Analysis. [REVIEW] Erkenntnis 23 (November):243-249.
Todd Grantham (1994). Does Science Have a “Global Goal?”: A Critique of Hull's View of Conceptual Progress. [REVIEW] Biology and Philosophy 9 (1):85-97.
David L. Hull (2001). Science and Selection: Essays on Biological Evolution and the Philosophy of Science. Cambridge University Press.
Anthony P. Atkinson, Wholes and Their Parts in Cognitive Psychology: Systems, Subsystems and Persons.
Eugenie Gatens-Robinson (1993). Why Falsification is the Wrong Paradigm for Evolutionary Epistemology: An Analysis of Hull's Selection Theory. Philosophy of Science 60 (4):535-557.
Uljana Feest (2003). Functional Analysis and the Autonomy of Psychology. Philosophy of Science 70 (5):937-948.
Ron Amundson & Laurence D. Smith (1984). Clark Hull, Robert Cummins, and Functional Analysis. Philosophy of Science 51 (December):657-666.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads28 ( #74,385 of 1,692,636 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #108,675 of 1,692,636 )
How can I increase my downloads?