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Behaviorism and Positivism

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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHIL 1F91
Professor
David Hayes
Semester
Summer

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35 Behaviorism and Positivism March0512 1006 AM JB Watsons behaviorism Connection w positivism and scientism 2 types of positivism Comptes ideal Machs logical Behaviorism Only thing we can really observe about humans is behavior Cannot read minds can engage in introspection about our own minds we cannot be sure this is typical of most humans Focus solely on observing human behavior and try to infer the causes conditions circumstances etc account for or explain their behavior and thus enable us to predict and control it as we can in natural science Positivism Only real knowledge comes from application of the scientific method Consists in combination of rigorously deductive mathematical logic and carefully controlled experiments or observations to test out theories If and only if a theory belief opinion conjecture or alleged factual statement is not either empirically provable disprovable or logically provable disprovable it does not constitute valid kn
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