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 used to be additionally attacked via a number of 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 studying of his writings, a examining void of the distortions and misinterpretations frequently conveyed by means of many commentators, together with psychologists. It frames Skinner’s contributions just about significant eu traditions in mental sciences, specifically Pavlov, Freud, Lorenz and Piaget. the most important facets of Skinner’s thought and methodological stands are mentioned within the context of latest debates: certain consciousness is dedicated to the relation of psychology with biology and the neurosciences, to the cognitivist move, 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 elements of an research of present social practices which fail to unravel many of the pressing difficulties humankind is faced with this day. either in technological know-how right and in human affairs at huge, Skinner’s concept 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 via a ecu psychologist, the ebook departs from conventional shows of Skinner’s paintings within the body of yank psychology. it is going to give you the reader, who's unusual with the good behaviourist’s writings, a concise but in-depth creation to his work.
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