On the Practical Value System Building for Behavior Science.

On the Practical Value System Building for Behavior Science.

Abstract The argument is made that because the work and products of science are necessarily impacted by the assumptions upon which scientists operate, it is incumbent upon scientists to systemize these foundations of their enterprises. The values of system building, identified as protection against semantic confusion, prevention of internal inconsistency, and facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration, are exemplified as correctives for specific problems of these sorts in Behavior Analysis. It is suggested that the objection of behavior analysts to Kantor’s Interbehaviorism, pertaining to a perceived absence of dependency relations in his formulation, is a misunderstanding arising from the incomplete systemization of Behavior Analysis.

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