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Can instincts be given up in psychology?

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Abstract

Comments on the article by Kuo, “Giving up Instincts in Psychology,” (Journal of Philosophy XVIII, November 24, 1921, pp. 645–664) in which Kuo is said to imply two theses: (1) that our current definitions of instinct are self-contradictory and arbitrary, and (2) that a more careful analysis and observation would indicate that there are no instincts (in the sense of inherited tendencies) but that what we have been wont to call instincts in the past are really only habits. The present author, while not inherently opposed to Kuo's theses, does offer what seem to him to be alternative possibilities. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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