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What then is the behaviorist [for our purposes, read ‘radical behaviorist’] interpretation of operationism, and how does it differ from the conventional interpretation? (Moore, 1975, p. DAY 33 conventional conception of operationism, which supports an inherent dualism in psychology. True to Skinner’s 1945 paper on operationism, in this paper Moore is careful to give a detailed account of the nature and functioning of mental terms in the science of behavior. Thus the spotlight, in bringing to the fore the salient features of radical behaviorism, is put upon the account it gives of private events, or of terms commonly taken to refer to mental processes involved in conscious experience.

To uncover some more of the very serious difficulties in Skinner’s own analysis, I am going to examine one or two further instances of it, still on his own standard. Then I shall consider the results of our suggested changes in the radical behaviorist analysis of mental-state terminology, in an attempt to show that one can produce a fully scientific account that is much closer to being an analysis of the actual mental concepts we ordinarily employ, which Skinner views with such suspicion. (Scriven, 1956, p.

In the 1950s both Feigl and Scriven were highly respected among psychologists, although for somewhat different reasons. Dr Boring puts the matter succinctly in the case of Feigl. D. in philosophy at the University of Vienna in 1927, the year that the Vienna circle was getting formed, and he stayed in Vienna teaching until 1930. He knew what was going on in the new positivism, and he also knew Bridgman’s book [The Logic of Modern Physics] which had been published in 1927. In 1930 he came to Harvard on a fellowship to find out what Bridgman was thinking and to work in philosophy of science in general.

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