The Rejection of Behaviorism

Michael Devitt

in Ignorance of Language

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199250967
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603945 | DOI:
The Rejection of Behaviorism

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This chapter looks critically at what might be called “philosophical arguments” for the Representational Thesis (RT) view of linguistic competence. It considers an argument sometimes suggested although perhaps not embraced by anyone: the argument from the rejection of behaviorism. This rejection is compatible with many alternatives to RT.

Keywords: Representational Thesis; RT; linguistic competence; behaviorism

Chapter.  612 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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