Mead and Skinner: Agency and determinism

Behaviorism 16 (2):109-127 (1988)

Few contemporary behaviorists are aware of the importance of George Herbert Mead's contributions to the philosophy of behaviorism. Mead's work on agency and determinism are presented to provide a sample of his ideas on issues that are of significant importance to current debates in behaviorism. His ideas are then compared with Skinner's positions on related issues, revealing significant similarities in their scientific thinking. One major difference between the two behaviorists is identified, and the relative merits of the two different positions are evaluated. If Mead is correct, we can begin to build bridges between the cognitive and the more traditional forms of behaviorism
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