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The Philosophy of Behavioral Modification


by Michael Scriven — 1973

In this paper I shall first try to show the extent to which Skinner, the prophet of the present revival, is profoundly wrong in his philosophical conclusions as exemplified in Beyond Freedom and Dignity; and, second, I shall argue that many of those who apply his approach, as exemplified by contributions to this volume, are in dire need of a better philosophical position, without which they are severely handicapped both scientifically and humanistically.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 72, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 74 Number 5, 1973, p. 422-445
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19475, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 9:19:15 AM

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  • Michael Scriven
    University of California, Berkeley
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    MICHAEL SCRIVEN is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley.
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