Purposive Behavior and Psychological Categories: Thoughts on Teleological Behaviorism

@article{Lazzeri2021PurposiveBA,
  title={Purposive Behavior and Psychological Categories: Thoughts on Teleological Behaviorism},
  author={Filipe Lazzeri},
  journal={Contemporary Behaviorisms in Debate},
  year={2021}
}
  • F. Lazzeri
  • Published 2021
  • Psychology
  • Contemporary Behaviorisms in Debate
Rachlin’s teleological behaviorism (TEB) can be understood as an attempt at enhancing Skinner’s radical behaviorism (RB) problem-solving power (i.e., its effectiveness in solving conceptual and empirical problems), by means of changes in some of RB’s constitutive guiding assumptions (to use here a Laudanian reading key). Among these changes, at least four stand out: (1) TEB’s focus on molar (i.e., extended in time) operant patterns of behavior; (2) TEB’s rendering of operant patterns as… 

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