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The Resource Beyond freedom & dignity, B.F. Skinner

Beyond freedom & dignity, B.F. Skinner

Label
Beyond freedom & dignity
Title
Beyond freedom & dignity
Statement of responsibility
B.F. Skinner
Title variation
Beyond freedom and dignity
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • The classic work by behaviorist B.F. Skinner offers his analysis of how a "technology of behavior" can condition human responses to the environment
  • "In this profound and profoundly controversial work, a landmark of 20th-century thought originally published in 1971, B.F. Skinner makes his definitive statement about humankind and society. Insisting that the problems of the world today can be solved only by dealing much more effectively with human behavior, Skinner argues that our traditional concepts of freedom and dignity must be sharply revised. They have played an important historical role in our struggle against many kinds of tyranny, he acknowledges, but they are now responsible for the futile defense of a presumed free and autonomous individual; they are perpetuating our use of punishment and blocking the development of more effective cultural practices. Basing his arguments on the massive results of the experimental analysis of behavior he pioneered, Skinner rejects traditional explanations of behavior in terms of states of mind, feelings, and other mental attributes in favor of explanations to be sought in the interaction between genetic endowment and personal history. He argues that instead of promoting freedom and dignity as personal attributes, we should direct our attention to the physical and social environments in which people live. It is the environment rather than humankind itself that must be changed if the traditional goals of the struggle for freedom and dignity are to be reached. Beyond Freedom and Dignity urges us to reexamine the ideals we have taken for granted and to consider the possibility of a radically behaviorist approach to human problems--one that has appeared to some incompatible with those ideals, but which envisions the building of a world in which humankind can attain its greatest possible achievements."
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--Amazon
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1904-1990
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Skinner, B. F.
Dewey number
150.19/434
Index
index present
LC call number
BF698.9.C8
LC item number
S57 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Personality and culture
  • Conditioned response
  • Control (Psychology)
Label
Beyond freedom & dignity, B.F. Skinner
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-225) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A technology of behavior -- Freedom -- Dignity -- Punishment -- Alternatives to punishment -- Values -- The evolution of a culture -- The design of a culture -- What is man?
Control code
ocm49604460
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
234 pages
Isbn
9780872206281
Lccn
2002100389
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)49604460
Label
Beyond freedom & dignity, B.F. Skinner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-225) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A technology of behavior -- Freedom -- Dignity -- Punishment -- Alternatives to punishment -- Values -- The evolution of a culture -- The design of a culture -- What is man?
Control code
ocm49604460
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
234 pages
Isbn
9780872206281
Lccn
2002100389
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)49604460

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