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    Values and the Scientific Culture of Behavior Analysis

    Ruiz, Maria R. and Roche, Bryan (2007) Values and the Scientific Culture of Behavior Analysis. Behavior Analyst, 30 (1). pp. 1-16. ISSN 2520-8969

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    As scientists and practitioners, behavior analysts must make frequent decisions that affect many lives. Scientific principles have been our guide as we work to promote effective action across a broad spectrum of cultural practices. Yet scientific principles alone may not be sufficient to guide our decision making in cases with potentially conflicting outcomes. In such cases, values function as guides to work through ethical conflicts. We will examine two ethical systems, radical behaviorism and functional contextualism, from which to consider the role of values in behavior analysis, and discuss potential concerns. Finally, we propose philosophical pragmatism, focusing on John Dewey's notions of community and dialogue, as a tradition that can help behavior analysts to integrate talk about values and scientific practices in ethical decision making.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Ruiz, M.R. & Roche, B. BEHAV ANALYST (2007) 30: 1.
    Keywords: functional contextualism; naturalistic ethics; pragmatism; radical behaviorism; values;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 10657
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    Depositing User: Dr. Bryan Roche
    Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2019 15:31
    Journal or Publication Title: Behavior Analyst
    Publisher: Springer International Publishing
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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