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The Goal of B.F. Skinner and Behavior Analysis

  • Robert W. Proctor
  • Daniel J. Weeks

Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. What is the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and why has it Not Become Psychology?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robert W. Proctor, Daniel J. Weeks
      Pages 3-15
    3. Robert W. Proctor, Daniel J. Weeks
      Pages 17-36
    4. Robert W. Proctor, Daniel J. Weeks
      Pages 37-50
  3. Relation of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior to Psychology, Science, and Pseudoscience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Robert W. Proctor, Daniel J. Weeks
      Pages 53-72
    3. Robert W. Proctor, Daniel J. Weeks
      Pages 73-95
    4. Robert W. Proctor, Daniel J. Weeks
      Pages 97-119
  4. Implications and Future Prospects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Robert W. Proctor, Daniel J. Weeks
      Pages 123-138
    3. Robert W. Proctor, Daniel J. Weeks
      Pages 139-160
    4. Robert W. Proctor, Daniel J. Weeks
      Pages 161-186
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 187-223

About this book

Introduction

In this new volume in Springer-Verlag's series "Recent Research in Psychology", Drs. Proctor and Weeks examine what has long been a "self-asserted superiority" of behavior analysts and Skinnerian researchers. Most behavior-analytic views derive from the philosophy of radical behaviorism, as conceived by B.F. Skinner, and prescribe a "world view" where environmental contingencies determine all aspects of behavior. This view necessarily assumes all other views to be inferior because of its world view, hence, those subscribing to behavior analysis will tolerate no other theory. The Goal of B.F. Skinner and Behavior Analysis examines closely the rationale behind the Skinnerian philosophy, challenging its validity through the author's own research.

Keywords

Skinner Verhaltensforschung behavior philosophy psychology

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert W. Proctor
    • 1
  • Daniel J. Weeks
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychological SciencesPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Motor Behavior Lab, School of Physical EducationLakehead UniversityThunder BayCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-3394-7
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-97236-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-3394-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-7532
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