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Explanation in the Behavioural Sciences

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Stephen Toulmin, R. S. Peters, Charles Taylor, Robert Borger, N. S. Sutherland, J. H. Grundy, D. W. Hamlyn, A. J. Watson, John Watkins, Alan Donagan, I. C. Jarvie, Peter Winch, J. O. Wisdom, Robert Brown, George C. Homans, Peter M. Blau, R. A. Boakes, M. S. Halliday, Karl H. Pribram, H. J. Eysenck, D. Bannister, Noam Chomsky, Max Black, Frank Cioffi, B. A. Farrell
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  • Date Published: May 1975
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521099059

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  • There are sharp differences among psychologists, sociologists, philosophers and others concerned with the behavioural and social sciences, not simply about the adequacy of particular explanatory systems, but about the very forms of explanation appropriate in this field. The editors have therefore invited a number of distinguished contributors to bring their views into direct confrontation - each chapter takes the form of an exposition, a comment and a final reply by the first author. This volume was first published in 1970.

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    • Date Published: May 1975
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521099059
    • length: 536 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.78kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Editor's Preface
    Notes on contributors
    1. Reasons and Causes Stephen Toulmin
    Comment R. S. Peters
    Reply Stephen Toulmin
    2. The explanation of purposive behaviour Charles Taylor
    Comment Robert Borger
    Reply Charles Taylor
    3. Is the brain a physical system? N. S. Sutherland
    Comment J. H. Grundy
    Comment N. S. Sutherland
    4. Conditioning and behaviour D. W. Hamlyn
    Comment A. J. Watson
    Reply D. W. Hamlyn
    5. Imperfect rationality John Watkins
    Comment Alan Donagan
    Reply John Watkins
    6. Understanding and explanation in sociology and social anthropology I. C. Jarvie
    Comment Peter Winch
    Reply I. C. Jarvie
    7. Situational individualism and the emergent group-properties J. O. Wisdom
    Comment Robert Brown
    Reply J. O. Wisdom
    8. The relevance of psychology to the explanation of social phenomena George C. Homans
    Comment Peter M. Blau
    Reply George C. Homans
    9. The Skinnerian analysis of behaviour R. A. Boakes and M. S. Halliday
    Comment Karl H. Pribram
    Reply R. A. Boakes and M. S. Halliday
    10. Explanation and the concept of personality H. J. Eysenck
    Comment D. Bannister
    Reply H. J. Eysenck
    11. Problems of explanation in linguistics Noam Chomsky
    Comment Max Black
    Reply Noam Chomsky
    12. Freud and the idea of a pseudo-science Frank Cioffi
    Comment B. A. Farrell
    Reply Frank Cioffi
    Index.

  • Editors

    Robert Borger

    Frank Cioffi

    Contributors

    Stephen Toulmin, R. S. Peters, Charles Taylor, Robert Borger, N. S. Sutherland, J. H. Grundy, D. W. Hamlyn, A. J. Watson, John Watkins, Alan Donagan, I. C. Jarvie, Peter Winch, J. O. Wisdom, Robert Brown, George C. Homans, Peter M. Blau, R. A. Boakes, M. S. Halliday, Karl H. Pribram, H. J. Eysenck, D. Bannister, Noam Chomsky, Max Black, Frank Cioffi, B. A. Farrell

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