ERIC Number: EJ787301
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 93
Ultimate Realities: Deterministic and Evolutionary
Moxley, Roy A.
Behavior Analyst, v30 n1 p59-77 Spr 2007
References to ultimate reality commonly turn up in the behavioral literature as references to determinism. However, this determinism is often difficult to interpret. There are different kinds of determinisms as well as different kinds of ultimate realities for a behaviorist to consider. To clarify some of the issues involved, the views of ultimate realities are treated as falling along a continuum, with extreme views of complete indeterminism and complete determinism at either end and various mixes in between. Doing so brings into play evolutionary realities and the movement from indeterminism to determinism, as in Peirce's evolutionary cosmology. In addition, this framework helps to show how the views of determinism by B. F. Skinner and other behaviorists have shifted over time.
Descriptors: Philosophy, Behavioral Science Research, Context Effect, Attribution Theory, Adoption (Ideas), Attitude Change, Scientific Principles
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