Positively a positivist

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 102. Neil J. Kressel responds to John L. Williams' comments (see record 2006-06480-096) on Kressel's review (see record 2006-06469-043) of the book, The Future of Folk Psychology: Intentionality and Cognitive Science edited by John D. Greenwood (1991). Kressel states that Marx and Hillix (1973) define positivism as a “metatheoretical and general scientific position that emphasizes parsimony and operationism in data language and eschews theorizing and inferential commitment.” Kressel agrees with Marx and Hillix, Wolman and Knapp (1981), Voneche (1987), and others, that Skinner was, in this sense, a positivist. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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