Understanding Behaviorism: Behavior, Culture, and Evolution

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Understanding Behaviorism explains the basis of behavior analysis and its application to human problems in a scholarly but accessible manner.


  • Only book available that both explains behavior analysis and deals with philosophical and practical problems.
  • Makes behaviorism accessible and explains the basis of behavior analysis and its application to human problems.
  • Treats the ancient concepts of purpose, knowledge, language, and thought as well as modern social problems like freedom, responsibility, government, and culture.
  • Offers practical approaches to improving the lives of all humankind.
  • Includes suggestions for further reading.

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Understanding Behaviorism explains the basis of behavior analysis and its application to human problems in a scholarly but accessible manner. Behaviorism is defined as the proposition that a science of behavior is possible, and the book begins by exploring the question of whether behavior is free or determined, relating behaviorism to pragmatism, and showing how feelings and thoughts can be treated scientifically. Baum then discusses ancient concepts such as purpose, knowledge, and thought, as well as social problems such as freedom, responsibility, government, and culture. This new edition of a classic work is an invaluable part of the new evolutionary perspective in understanding behavior in general and culture in particular, and culminates by offering practical approaches to improving the lives of all humankind..

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William M. Baum is Professor Emeritus at the University of New Hampshire and has appointments at the University of California, Davis and at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is an associate editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and President of the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior.

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