Breaking the myth that behaviorism is a trivial science

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Suppe proposed that Positivism had been rejected as a wrong philosophy of science, and that as a result of Behaviorism uncritically adopting Positivism, Behaviorism had become a trivial science. In contrast, I maintain that Behaviorism has produced reliable and informative results, and that Positivism did not create an impoverished science. These proposals are discussed in light of a criterion for scientific triviality, the relationships holding between a wrong philosophy and a science, and a comparison between the scientific products of Behaviorism and of Cognitive Psychology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-310
Number of pages6
JournalNew Ideas in Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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