A Behavior Analyst Talks About Freedom and Choice 12/05/23 | WEBINAR

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by A. Charles Catania, Ph.D.

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This LIVE WEBINAR will air on December 5 from 1:30 pm to 3:10 pm ET.


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by A. Charles Catania, Ph.D.


Definitions of freedom range from those that appeal to minimizing coercive control to those that concentrate on philosophical considerations such as the distinction between freedom and determinism. We will consider the vocabulary of freedom and related terms such as volition, and then will consider research on the reinforcing effects of opportunities for choice. Along the way we will also comment on the issues raised by Skinner’s book, “Beyond Freedom and Dignity,” and Chomsky’s review of it.


Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn to:

  1. distinguish between two languages of freedom: the philosophical contrast between freedom and determinism, and freedom as defined by minimizing coercive control.
  2. describe how research on choice and variability has provided a way to relate behavioral principles to colloquial terms such as will and volition.
  3. describe the historical context of such debates as that between Skinner (as in his book “Beyond Freedom and Dignity”) and Chomsky (in his critical review of Skinner’s book).
  4. distinguish between issues in research and application that mainly concern behavior function from those that mainly concern behavior structure.




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