Finding the philosophical core: A review of Stephen C. Pepper's World Hypotheses: A Study in Evidence.

@article{Hayes1988FindingTP,
  title={Finding the philosophical core: A review of Stephen C. Pepper's World Hypotheses: A Study in Evidence.},
  author={Steven C. Hayes and Linda J. Hayes and Hayne Waring Reese},
  journal={Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior},
  year={1988},
  volume={50 1},
  pages={
          97-111
        }
}
Behavior analysis has always had significant conflicts with other psychological perspectives. At their most fundamental level, these conflicts are often philosophical, concerning such issues as the nature of the human and the purposes of science. Why are these the conflicts? What, if anything, can we do about them? Can we resolve them? Can we avoid them altogether by simply abandoning philosophy? To answer these questions, we must be clear about the philosophy underlying behavior analysis… 

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