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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
On-line version ISSN 1678-7153
LOPES, Carlos Eduardo and ABIB, José Antônio Damásio. Radical Behaviorism as philosophy of mind. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2003, vol.16, n.1, pp. 85-94. ISSN 1678-7153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722003000100009.
B. F. Skinner's Radical Behaviorism has been repeatedly accused of eliminating the mind from its explanation of human behavior. An analysis of Gilbert Ryle's book, The Concept of Mind, suggests the possibility of defending the existence of a relational mind, different from the category of existence of mind defended in Cartesian interpretations (substantial mind). The analysis of some texts of Skinner suggests that the concept of a relational mind can also be defended in Radical Behaviorism. This fact would lead to the possibility that, beyond a philosophy of Behavior Science, Radical Behaviorism may also be a philosophy of mind, which would bring consequences to the study and application of Analysis of Behavior.
Keywords : Radical Behaviorism; categories of existence; relational mind; philosophy of mind.