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.

B. F. Skinner's Published Works

B. F. Skinner's published works


On the conditions of elicitation of certain eating reflexes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 16, 433–438.

On the inheritance of maze behavior. Journal of General Psychology, 4, 342–346.

The progressive increase in the geotropic response of the ant Aphaenogaster. Journal of General Psychology, 4, 102–112.


The concept of the reflex in the description of behavior. Journal of General Psychology, 5, 427–458.

Review of the book Reflex action, a study in the history of physiological psychology. Journal of General Psychology, 5, 125–129. (With W. J. Crozier [2])


Drive and reflex strength. Journal of General Psychology, 6, 22–37.

Drive and reflex strength: II. Journal of General Psychology, 6, 38–48.

On the rate of formation of a conditioned reflex. Journal of General Psychology, 7, ...

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