Behaviorists, or more precisely Skinnerians, commonly consider Skinner's work to have been misrepresented, misunderstood, and to some extent defamed. In this book, the author clarifies the work of B F Skinner, and puts it into historical and philosophical context. Though not a biography, the book discusses Skinner himself, in brief. But the bulk of the book illuminats Skinner's contributions to psychology, his philosophy of science, his experimental research program (logical positivism) and the behavioral principles that emerged from it, and applied aspects of his work. It also rebuts criticism of Skinner's work, including radical behaviorism, and discusses key developments by others that have derived from it.



One of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century was B. F. Skinner. One gauge of Skinner's influence is the number of times his work is mentioned in the writings of other psychologists. For the past several decades, he has been one of the 10 most frequently cited figures in psychology—at times competing with Freud for the title. It appears that many of his fellow psychologists were either relying on or reacting to his writings. A measure that suggests that Skinner had some impact on the popular culture is a survey of the general public conducted in 1975 (Guttman, 1977). The results of this survey indicated that Skinner was the best-known scientist in the United States.

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