WHAT IS A FINAL CAUSE?

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 977. Comments on Mary Henle and Solomon Diamond's review (see record 2006-06394-013) of the first ll volumes of the 28-volume collection Significant Contributions to the History of Psychology. Daniel N. Robinson was the series editor of the collection. In his review, Diamond found something wrong with Robinson's use of final causation. The present author contends that he finds nothing wrong in Robinson's usage, but find Diamond's interpretation of final causation idiosyncratic at best. In effect, his criticism detracts from the use of final causation in the everyday activity of the theoretical psychologist. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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