The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 13–26 | Cite as

A Behaviorological Thanatology: Foundations and Implications

  • Lawrence E. Fraley


Foundation principles supporting a behaviorological thanatology are reviewed, including concepts of life, person, death, value, right, ethic, and body/person distinctions. These natural science foundations are contrasted with traditional foundations, and their respective implications are speculatively explored.

Key words

behaviorology death dying person thanatology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence E. Fraley
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  1. 1.Department of Advanced Educational StudiesWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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