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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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ABIB, José Antônio Damásio. Skinner’s moral theory and human development. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2001, vol.14, n.1, pp. 107-117. ISSN 0102-7972.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722001000100009.

It is argued here that Skinner adopts a moral point of view when defending the survival of cultures as the ultimate value in the order of discovery and as the first value in the order of generation of derived values. It is also argued which derived values function as criterion of choice of cultural practices, with the objective of promoting "the good of the culture", that is, its survival. Based on Skinner's and post-modern writers' critique the concept of human development is defined anew. It is suggested that, as a post-modern policy of identity, the concept of human development may be a value for directing cultural practices capable of promoting the survival of cultures. Or it may even become the main value in a culture of human rights.

Keywords : Skinner; survival of cultures; morality; postmodern; human development.

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