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The War Between Mentalism and Behaviorism: On the Accessibility of Mental Processes [NOOK Book]

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This book considers one of the most fundamental, but only infrequently considered, issues in psychology--Are mental processes accessible by means of verbal reports and/or experimental assays? It is argues that this is the main characteristic distinguishing between behaviorism and mentalistic cognitivism. The answer posed by the author is that, with few exceptions and for the most fundamental reasons, mental processes are not accessible and that any psychology, such as contemporary cognitivism, based on a putative...
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The War Between Mentalism and Behaviorism: On the Accessibility of Mental Processes

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Overview

This book considers one of the most fundamental, but only infrequently considered, issues in psychology--Are mental processes accessible by means of verbal reports and/or experimental assays? It is argues that this is the main characteristic distinguishing between behaviorism and mentalistic cognitivism. The answer posed by the author is that, with few exceptions and for the most fundamental reasons, mental processes are not accessible and that any psychology, such as contemporary cognitivism, based on a putative analysis of mind into its mental components must be fallacious.

Classic and modern arguments against both mentalism and behaviorism are reviewed. In general, it is concluded that most antibehaviorist arguments are based on second order humanistic considerations rather than those underlying the usual scientific standards. Behaviorism represents the best that can be done in a situation of fundamental immeasurability and uncertainty. A modern version is offered in the final chapter of this book.
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Uttal (Arizona State U.) continues his criticism of neurophysiological and cognitive reductionism and defense of a modern version of classic behaviorism, a minority and very unpopular point of view. He confesses that the position is a total reversal of his early training in physiological psychology. He explains that the differences between the two approaches boil down to the questions of accessibility and reduction, but argues that rather than radical poles, mentalism and behaviorism represent a spectrum along which there are many intermediate positions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135665999
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Series: Scientific Psychology Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 218
  • File size: 296 KB

Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Issue - Mentalism Versus Behaviorism 1
2 The Critics Speak Against Mentalism 64
3 Some Arguments Against Behaviorism 110
4 Toward a Renewed and Revitalized Psychophysical Behaviorism 135
5 Epilogue: Conclusions and Emerging Principles 177
References 190
Author Index 197
Subject Index 201
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