Project MUSE - Feature Review of "Beyond Freedom and Dignity"Hideki A. Ishisaka, Beyond Freedom and Dignity. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, By Isidor Chein.
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Beyond Freedom and Dignity
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Beyond Freedom and Dignity is a book by American psychologist B. Skinner argues that entrenched belief in free will and the moral autonomy of the individual which Skinner referred to as "dignity" hinders the prospect of using scientific methods to modify behavior for the purpose of building a happier and better-organized society. Beyond Freedom and Dignity may be summarized as an attempt to promote Skinner's philosophy of science, the technology of human behavior, his conception of determinism, and what Skinner calls "cultural engineering". In this chapter Skinner proposes that a technology of behavior is possible and that it can be used to help solve currently pressing human issues such as over-population and warfare. What is needed is a technology of human behavior. In this chapter Skinner offers a more precise definition of freedom , one that allows for his conception of determinism , and speaks to the conventional notion of freedom.
Pelican Books. Beyond Freedom and Dignity. B. F. Skinner has been named (by Time magazine) 'the most influential of living American psychologists and.
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It is intentionally provocative, as is much of the book itself, so that despite its wide readership it is difficult for the book to get the dispassionate appraisal that it deserves. To get a little perspective before plunging into a consideration of Skinner's message, here are a few assertions of my own about man's relation to the natural environment and to the environment of other men: 1. The circumstances and manner of man's life have changed in the past and may be expected to change in the future. These changes have come about, at least in part, through man's inventiveness, planfulness, knowledge, and technological innovations. The changes that take place are in accordance with scientific laws, to the extent that these are known, but are not predictable in detail from these laws. As Jacques Monod has put it, "it is enough for us that this actual object, unique and real, be compatible with the theory. This object, according to the theory, is under no obligation to exist, but it has a right to" [1, p.