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BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS AND PRAGMATISM

Jay Moore

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For pragmatism, the meaning of a psychological concept or statement is found in its practical implications for human affairs. Absent is any assumption that the concept or statement represents the Truth about a metaphysical Reality that lies beyond human experience and behavior. Behavior analysts embrace pragmatism, and argue that an important consideration in psychology is the degree to which a psychological concept or statement contributes to effective action in the laboratory or in service delivery. The effective action commonly takes the form of prediction and control.

Keywords: pragmatism, prediction and control, mentalism, levels of analysis, neuroscience 


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18542/rebac.v13i2.5910