The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 35–44 | Cite as

Logic, Reasoning, and Verbal Behavior

  • Dudley J. Terrell
  • J. M. Johnston


This paper analyzes the traditional concepts of logic and reasoning from the perspective of radical behaviorism and in the terms of Skinner’s treatment of verbal behavior. The topics covered in this analysis include the proposition, premises and conclusions, logicality and rules, and deductive and inductive reasoning.

Key words

verbal behavior reasoning logic induction deduction proposition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dudley J. Terrell
    • 1
  • J. M. Johnston
    • 2
  1. 1.Anacapa Sciences, Inc.Fort RuckerUSA
  2. 2.Auburn UniversityAuburnUSA

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