The operational analysis of psychological terms

Psychological Review 52 (4):270-78 (1945)
The major contributions of operationism have been negative, largely because operationists failed to distinguish logical theories of reference from empirical accounts of language. Behaviorism never finished an adequate formulation of verbal reports and therefore could not convincingly embrace subjective terms. But verbal responses to private stimuli can arise as social products through the contingencies of reinforcement arranged by verbal communities
Keywords awareness   behavior   verbal   behaviorism   methodological   behaviorism   radical   operationism   philosophy of psychology   private events   reference   semantics   subjectivity–objectivity   verbal community
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DOI 10.1017/S0140525X00027187
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