Behavior, Purpose and Teleology

@article{Rosenblueth1943BehaviorPA,
  title={Behavior, Purpose and Teleology},
  author={Arturo Rosenblueth and Norbert Wiener and Julian Bigelow},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  year={1943},
  volume={10},
  pages={18 - 24}
}
This essay has two goals. The first is to define the behavioristic study of natural events and to classify behavior. The second is to stress the importance of the concept of purpose. Given any object, relatively abstracted from its surroundings for study, the behavioristic approach consists in the examination of the output of the object and of the relations of this output to the input. By output is meant any change produced in the surroundings by the object. By input, conversely, is meant any… Expand
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