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    Explanation, teleology, and operant behaviorism.Jon D. Ringen - 1976 - Philosophy of Science 43 (June):223-253.
    B. F. Skinner's claim that "operant behavior is essentially the field of purpose" is systematically explored. It is argued that Charles Taylor's illuminating analysis of the explanatory significance of common-sense goal-ascriptions (1) lends some (fairly restricted) support to Skinner's claim, (2) considerably clarifies the conceptual significance of differences between operant and respondent behavior and conditioning, and (3) undercuts influential assertions (e.g., Taylor's) that research programs for behavioristic psychology share a "mechanistic" orientation. A strategy is suggested for assessing the plausibility of (...)
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  2. Behavior Theoretic Explanation: A Study of the New Dualism in the Philosophy of Action.Jon D. Ringen - 1971 - Dissertation, Indiana University
  3. The Completeness of Behavior Theory. [REVIEW]Jon D. Ringen - 1986 - Behavior and Philosophy 14 (1):29.
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    B. F. Skinner's operationism.Jon D. Ringen - 1984 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 7 (4):567.
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    The Explanatory Import of Dispositions: A Defense of Scientific Realism.Jon D. Ringen - 1982 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1982:122 - 133.
    It is widely assumed that disposition predicates do not designate entities which could be causal factors in the production of natural phenomena. Yet, the fact that an object has a given dispositional property is often taken to help explain behavior exhibited by objects to which the disposition is ascribed. Instrumentalist, realist, and rationalist analyses of disposition predicates embody three quite distinct views of how both assumptions could be correct. It is argued that the instrumentalist fails to capture basic intuitions concerning (...)
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    Linguistic Facts.Jon D. Ringen - 1980 - In Thomas A. Perry (ed.), Evidence and Argumentation in Linguistics. De Gruyter. pp. 97-132.
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