The Science of Behavior and the Image of Man

The Science of Behavior and the Image of Man

The Science of Behavior and the Image of Man

The Science of Behavior and the Image of Man

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I have attempted in this book to present a systematic account of the way I have come to see the field of psychology, at least insofar as it pertains to the human subject. Because my view is unorthodox with respect to what I take to be the prevailing views in this field, I have also had to deal with fundamental issues of the nature of the scientific enterprise and other traditionally philosophical issues, such as the nature of reality and the relationships of body and mind.

I have written freely in first person to emphasize that it is my views I am presenting and to remind the reader that I am not uninvolved. For the same reason, I have occasionally indulged in irony and sarcasm, though I realize that they often backfire both in the sense of being taken literally and in the sense of arousing unnecessary resistance. I do not believe that it is possible to write on these matters without subjectivity and personal involvement—though it is, of course, possible to try to conceal subjectivity and involvement under the guise of a pseudoobjective scholarly style. I see no reason why anyone else should adopt my views unless, indeed, my argument is convincing, and I do not want to be convincing as a result of the successful use of rhetorical devices, but only, if at all, on the substantive strength of the argument. If, therefore, at times, I seem to pontificate (and past experience has taught me that, unfortunately, I often do sound that way), I apologize in advance and explain that it is not my conscious intention to do so.

The personal style, I am afraid, has not prevented a pedantic note from creeping into my writing, resulting from my compulsion to enter qualifications to my statements when I feel they should be made and my complexly structured thought processes. In one instance, I counted eighty-three words in what I hope is an otherwise clear sentence. I have . . .

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