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Articles from Vol. 44, 2016

Comments on Burgos' (2016) Antidualism and Antimentalism in Radical Behaviorism
An interesting paper by Burgos (2016) argued that when radical behaviorists present criticisms of mentalism, such as the type typically practiced by cognitivists, the arguments commonly entail criticisms of dualism as well. Burgos made the case that...
Comments on Burgos' Antidualism and Antimentalism in Radical Behaviorism/reply to Burgos
In this article Burgos draws a distinction between mentalism and dualism, and criticizes radical behaviorism (RB) for its conflation of the two. He points out that a theory of behavior may be mentalistic in the sense that it employs mental terms, yet...
Finding Our Mind in Behavior Analysis – a Review of Rachlin's the Escape of the Mind
Few behavioral psychologists tackle difficult conceptual issues, and perhaps even fewer attempt to address them in new ways. At the same time scientific philosophy must not involve absolutes or universals as no such absolutes or universals exist in the...
José E. Burgos Antidualism and Antimentalism in Radical Behaviorism: A Critical Discussion
As the title makes clear, José Burgos' is an ambitious paper, attempting to tackle a number of positions spanning three centuries or so in the philosophy of mind, and over a century in non-philosophical areas such as behaviourism, cognitive psychology,...
Mentalism versus Dualism: Replies to Commentaries
Mentalism versus Dualism: Replies to CommentariesThe commentaries to the target paper (Burgos, 2016) are insightful and stimulating. Some call for corrections to, others for further clarification of some specific claims, but none invalidates the target...
On the Impossibility of Mental Causation: Comments on Burgos' "Antidualism and Antimentalism in Radical Behaviorism"
I agree completely with Burgos' (2016) argument. I just think he drew the wrong conclusion. I grant that dualism can be treated independently of mental causes-that is, someone could support dualism and not any interaction between the physical and the...
The Escape of Metaphysics: Commentary on Burgos (2016)
As the Walrus entreated, Burgos (2016) talks of many things, and quite brilliantly, but essentially he has presented a clear, careful, and scholarly argument that radical behaviorism has typically conflated "mentalism" and "dualism." If this be the case-and...
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