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WATSON, John B.

Behavior.

An Introduction to Comparative Psychology.

New York, Henry Holt and Company, 1914 Stock Code: 136444
£300.00
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First edition, first printing, of Watson's first book on behaviorist psychology, of which he was the principle proponent. Behaviorism as a movement in American psychology had its origin in an article Watson wrote the previous year in the Psychological Review, "Psychology as the Behaviorist Views It", and was developed in eight lectures which Watson gave at Columbia University that winter, here expanded into the present book. "As indicated in the title of the first lecture, "Psychology as the Behaviorist Views It," Watson inaugurated himself as the head of a new theoretical tendency within psychology. Behaviorism, he announced, was a nonintrospective, 'purely objective experimental branch of natural science', dedicated to the 'prediction and control of behavior'. By criticizing the impracticality and dualism of existing psychology, Watson won praise from functionalist psychologists, pragmatists such as Dewey, and New Realist philosophers such as Bertrand Russell (who attempted to raise his son by behaviorist precepts)" (ANB).

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Description

Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt.

Condition

Contemporary ownership signature to front free endpaper. Light rubbing and bumping to spine ends and tips, else a very good copy.

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