Project MUSE - Feature Review of "Beyond Freedom and Dignity"There are three B. The Skinner who invented these techniques belongs to an old school of psychology, founded by Pavlov, Thorndike and others at the end of the 19th century. The second B. Skinner is bolder. The controlled environment that Skinner the experi menter creates in the laboratory, Skinner the utopian declares should be a model for planning the whole society.
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In this profound and profoundly controversial work, a landmark of 20th-century thought originally published in , B. Skinner makes his definitive statement about humankind and society. Insisting that the problems of the world today can be solved only by dealing much more effectively with human behavior, Skinner argues that our traditional concepts of freedom and dignity must be sharply revised. They have played an important historical role in our struggle against many kinds of tyranny, he acknowledges, but they are now responsible for the futile defense of a presumed free and autonomous individual; they are perpetuating our use of punishment and blocking the development of more effective cultural practices. Basing his arguments on the massive results of the experimental analysis of behavior he pioneered, Skinner rejects traditional explanations of behavior in terms of states of mind, feelings, and other mental attributes in favor of explanations to be sought in the interaction between genetic endowment and personal history. He argues that instead of promoting freedom and dignity as personal attributes, we should direct our attention to the physical and social environments in which people live.
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B. F. Skinner - "Beyond Freedom and Dignity" audiobook (1972)
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B F Skinner was a professor of psychology at Harvard. He conducted pioneering work on experimental psychology and argued for behaviorism, a view that free will is an illusion. His provocative book, Beyond Freedom and Dignity, published in , put forward his controversial case for behaviorism. It was a controversial attack on libertarian thinkers, advocates of autonomy and the idea of autonomous man. He argued that ideas such as individual autonomy, free will, volition, and consciousness act as barriers for advances in technology for controlling human behaviour. This seems a shocking idea.