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B.F. Skinner - A Reappraisal: Volume 23 (Psychology Library by Marc N. Richelle

By Marc N. Richelle

B.F. Skinner died in August 1990. He was once praised as probably the most influential psychologists of this century, yet was once additionally attacked by way of various competitors inside and outdoors the sphere of psychology. initially released in 1993, this advent to his paintings is to start with a advisor to an accurate interpreting of his writings, a analyzing void of the distortions and misinterpretations frequently conveyed by way of many commentators, together with psychologists. It frames Skinner’s contributions almost about significant eu traditions in mental sciences, specifically Pavlov, Freud, Lorenz and Piaget. an important facets of Skinner’s thought and methodological stands are mentioned within the context of latest debates: targeted consciousness is dedicated to the relation of psychology with biology and the neurosciences, to the cognitivist flow, to the prestige of language and to the reason of novelty and creativity in human behaviour. eventually, Skinner’s social and political philosophy is gifted with an emphasis at the provocative points of an research of present social practices which fail to unravel lots of the pressing difficulties humankind is faced with this present day. either in technology right and in human affairs at huge, Skinner’s notion is proven to be, now not at the back of, as is usually claimed, yet to the contrary sooner than the days, be it in his interactive view of linguistic communique, in his very smooth use of the evolutionary analogy to give an explanation for the dynamics of behaviour, or in his imaginative and prescient of ecological constraints. Written by means of a ecu psychologist, the ebook departs from conventional displays of Skinner’s paintings within the body of yank psychology. it's going to give you the reader, who's strange with the good behaviourist’s writings, a concise but in-depth advent to his work.

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