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This essential book provides a comprehensive explanation of the key topics and debates arising in the philosophy of psychology. In editors William O'Donohue and Richard Kitchener's thoughtful examination, philosophy and psychology converge on several themes of great importance such as the foundations of knowledge, the nature of science, rationality, behaviorism, cognitive science, folk psychology, neuropsychology, psychoanalysis, professionalism, and research ethics. The Philosophy of Psychology also provides an in-depth discussion of ethics in counseling and psychiatry while exploring the diverse topics listed above. The internationally renowned group of contributors to this volume both stimulating and informative. The Philosophy of Psychology will be invaluable for students and academics in theories and systems in psychology, cognitive psychology, cognitive science, philosophy of the social sciences, philosophy of the mind, ...

Behaviorism, Psychology, and Philosophy
Behaviorism, psychology, and philosophy

The next collection of papers depicts the considerable influence of behaviorism in both psychology and philosophy.

The influence of the behaviorisms of Pavlov, Watson, Tolman, Skinner, and Hull on twentieth-century psychology is uncontroversial (although the magnitude of its present influence—i.e., whether reports of its death are greatly exaggerated—is open to debate). It is important to note that behaviorism is not a single school of thought. There are various “behaviorisms.” Skinner's radical behaviorism and Watson's methodological behaviorism are probably the best known in psychology. However, there are numerous others. Pavlov, Kan-tor, Tolman, and Hull all developed distinct brands of behaviorism. More contemporary behaviorism can be found in Rachlin's molar, teleological behaviorism or Staddon's biological behaviorism.

In philosophy early behaviorisms were associated ...

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