The Shaping of Behaviour
An illuminating, highly readable and balanced introduction to one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century whose ideas continue to polarize opinion. Toates highlights how Skinner's views on behaviourism, family conflict, penal policy and issues of global survival have great relevance to society today.
As the world faces up to the challenges of climate change and the threat to security, Skinner's contributions on these issues continue to resonate today. In this stimulating introduction for students and general readers, Toates places Skinner's ideas within the context of mainstream psychological thought, presenting a balanced synthesis of the psychologist's work and his approach. The author reveals the links between Skinner's perspective and other branches of psychology, highlighting his solutions to problems at individual, society and global levels.
Who was B.F. Skinner? Biography, Background and Impact Looking at the Evidence Linking Skinner to Other Perspectives on Behaviour The Relationship with Biology Determinism, Freedom and Autonomy Skinnerian Advice for Living Life Social Policy Development and Education Helping to Ease Human Suffering Ethics, Religion and the Skinnerian Good Life The Environment and a Sustainable Future Conclusions