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ERIC Number: EJ787299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0738-6729
Values and the Scientific Culture of Behavior Analysis
Ruiz, Maria R.; Roche, Bryan
Behavior Analyst, v30 n1 p1-16 Spr 2007
As scientists and practitioners, behavior analysts must make frequent decisions that affect many lives. Scientific principles have been our guide as we work to promote effective action across a broad spectrum of cultural practices. Yet scientific principles alone may not be sufficient to guide our decision making in cases with potentially conflicting outcomes. In such cases, values function as guides to work through ethical conflicts. We will examine two ethical systems, radical behaviorism and functional contextualism, from which to consider the role of values in behavior analysis, and discuss potential concerns. Finally, we propose philosophical pragmatism, focusing on John Dewey's notions of community and dialogue, as a tradition that can help behavior analysts to integrate talk about values and scientific practices in ethical decision making.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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