David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology 9 (2):20-27 (1989)
To be familiar with Skinner's radical behaviorism is to be familiar with its objections to both methodological behaviorism and mentalism. However, the relation between methodological behaviorism and mentalism is often not clear. Methodological behaviorism is generally held to be an attempt to explain behavior in terms of inter subjectively verifiable phenomena, whereas mentalism is generally held to be an attempt to explain behavior in terms of inner causes. The central issue is why does methodological behaviorism adopt the position that observable data constitute the leverage by which to speak meaningfully and respectably of phenomena that are not publicly verifiable. The answer to this question deals with the epistemology of the scientist, and will reveal at least three ways in which methodological behaviorism is mentalistic: its view of language, its conventional interpretation of operationism, and its view of logic. These topics are discussed, along with the non-mentalistic epistemology of radical behaviorism. Although radical behaviorism does share some of the same history as methodological behaviorism, it is clear that it seeks a nonmentalistic, behaviorally consistent epistemology that is very different from that of methodological behaviorism. 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|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
Keijzer, F. A., Embodied Cognition Meets Theoretical Behaviorism: Two Theoretical Analyses of Behavior.
George Graham (1982). Spartans and Behaviorists. Behaviorism 10 (2):137-149.
Thomas Natsoulas (1983). Perhaps the Most Difficult Problem Faced by Behaviorism. Behaviorism 11 (April):1-26.
Richard F. Kitchener (1977). Behavior and Behaviorism. Behaviorism 5 (2):11-68.
G. E. Zuriff (1985). Behaviorism: A Conceptual Reconstruction. Columbia University Press.
P. Harzem (2004). Behaviorism for New Psychology: What Was Wrong with Behaviorism and What is Wrong with It Now. Behavior and Philosophy 32 (1):5-12.
Alan Costall (2004). From Darwin to Watson and Back Again: The Principle of Animal-Environment Mutuality. Behavior and Philosophy 32 (1):179-195.
Stephen LeDoux (1993). About Behaviorology: An Introduction to the Incompatible Paradigms and Historical and Philosophical Developments Among Disciplines Addressing the Behavior of Individuals. Abcs.
François Tonneau (2007). Behaviorism and Chisholm's Challenge. Behavior and Philosophy 35:139 - 148.
Hobert W. Burns (1960). Pragmatism and the Science of Behavior. Philosophy of Science 27 (1):58-74.
George E. Smith & Stephen M. Kosslyn (1980). An Information-Processing Theory of Mental Imagery: A Case Study in the New Mentalistic Psychology. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1980:247 - 266.
Dagfinn Follesdal (1982). Intentionality and Behaviorism. In Logic, Methodology & Philosophy Of Science. Amsterdam: North-Holland
Max O. Hocutt (1985). Spartans, Strawmen, and Symptoms. Behaviorism 13 (2):87-97.
B. F. Skinner (1977). Why I Am Not a Cognitive Psychologist. Behaviorism 5 (2):1-10.
Added to index2010-09-02
Total downloads12 ( #237,094 of 1,781,295 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #207,153 of 1,781,295 )
How can I increase my downloads?