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Beyond Freedom and Dignity


reviewed by John Sullivan — 1972

coverTitle: Beyond Freedom and Dignity
Author(s): B. F. Skinner
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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B. F. Skinner's Beyond Freedom and Digni­ty is clearly an important book, but how important is difficult to assess at this time. Many books which have been historically influential have not been acclaimed when first published and many so acclaimed have not stood the test of later histori­cal judgment. Some historians suggest that the significance of an event for the most part does not depend upon events which precede or accompany it. What follows is more important. For instance, Freud's In­terpretation of Dreams (1900) would have been an interesting contribution to the explanation of dreams, but not much more. Because of the subsequent develop­ment of psychoanalysis and the drift of Western culture it has become one of the basic books of our time. By contrast, James Mill's Analysis of the Phenomena of the Human Mind (1829) marked both the culmination and the end of the movement of simple association psychology. John Stuart Mill's doctrine of emergent proper­ties, called chemism, and the influence of Darwinism resulted in... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 73 Number 3, 1972, p. 439-443
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1629, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 4:27:15 PM

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    New York University
    John Sullivan is professor of educational psychology it New York University.
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