ERIC Number: ED107345
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
..,..,Speak No Freewill (Piaget vs. Skinner). Developmental Program Report No. 38.
This paper is a hypothetical dialogue between two influential psychologists, Jean Piaget and B. F. Skinner, on the concept of free will. The purpose of the dialogue is to critique Skinner's "Beyond Freedom and Dignity." While actual quotes are incorporated into the text from the work of both psychologists, the overall organization of the statements as well as most of the wording is the author's. The paper contends that neither Skinner's philosophy of science nor his theory of man is tenable, although each offers interesting insights from a limited perspective. Piaget's work provides an understanding of science as a growing organization and reorganization of knowledge which occasionally induces qualitative shifts in people's domain of perception. Piaget's image of man is one of a developing, integrating, and acting organism in dynamic exchange with its environment. The paper concludes by comparing the position of Piaget and Skinner with Douglas McGregor's conceptualization of Theory X and Theory Y. (CS)
Descriptors: Behavior Theories, Educational Psychology, Human Dignity, Humanism, Locus of Control, Man Machine Systems, Models, Nature Nurture Controversy, Organizational Theories, Psychological Needs, Scientific Principles, Self Actualization
Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104 (Report No. 38, $0.25)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Dept. of Psychology.