Understanding Behaviorism: Science, Behavior, and Culture

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HarperCollins College Publishers, 1994 - Psychology - 255 pages
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There can be a science of behavior. So proposes the author at the beginning of this book. It discusses what definition of science might suit a science of behaviour and what behaviour might mean for science. It also explores implications of a science of behaviour for purpose, knowledge, freedom, social relationships, culture, cultural change and public policy.

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One of the most worthwhile books to read for anybody interested in psychology in particular, or just in philosophy of science in general. Suitabile for laypeople but also for folks with considerable background in behavior analysis.
The best about the book probably is the clear cut explanation of behaviorism as a philosophy of science, as opposed to "mentalism" (or pseudo-science) in fields such as cognitive psychology or even sociology.

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William M. Baum is Professor Emeritus at the University of New Hampshire and has appointments at the University of California, Davis and at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is an associate editor of the "Journal" "of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior "and President of the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior.

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