Radical Behaviorism

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APA Citation: 

Leigland, S. (1992). Radical Behaviorism: Willard Day on psychology and philosophy. Reno, NV: Context Press.

Publication Topic: 
Behavior Analysis: Conceptual
Contextualism
Publication Type: 
Book
Language: 
English
Keyword(s): 
contextualism, ACT, RFT, philosophy, history, Skinner, behaviorism
Abstract: 

From the mid-1960s until his death in 1989, Willard Day wrote and spoke on two central themes: the distinctive characteristics of Skinner's scientific philosophy, and the implications of Skinner's work for the development of scientific methods relevant to verbal behavior. Only some of this work made its way to publication. Edited by Sam Leigland, this book brings together in one place the most important papers, published and unpublished, of the leader in behavioral philosophy.

Contents:
-The Historical Antecedents of Contemporary Behaviorism
-On the Difference Between Radical and Methodological Behaviorism
-On Skinner's Treatment of the First-Person, Third-Person Psychological Sentence Distinction
-Radical Behaviorism in Reconciliation with Phenomenology
-On Certain Similarities Between the Philosophical Investigations of Ludwig Wittgenstein and the Operationism of B.F. Skinner
-The Concept of Reinforcement-History and Explanation in Behaviorism
-Contemporary Behaviorism and the Concept of Intention
-Methodological Problems in the Analysis of Behavior Controlled by Private Events: Some Unusual Recommendations
-Analyzing Verbal Behavior Under the Control of Private Events
-The Case for Behaviorism
-Beyond Bondage and Regimentation: A Review of Beyond Freedom and Dignity by B.F. Skinner
-Humanistic Psychology and Contemporary Behaviorism
-Ethical Philosophy and the Thought of B.F. Skinner

Comments: 
Puts Skinner's work in context; links history/philosophy and the battles of minds as a background to RFT/ACT.