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Gable Parigian Phil 100D 2-5-08 Logical Behaviorism Logical behaviorism can be loosely thought of as the concept that there are mental states but, all that they are, are behavioral dispositions. And to better understand this concept it would be best to explain what is behavior and mental states in the first place. First, behavior can be simply thought of as something that people do that is publicly observable. Things such as perspiration or an increase in blood pressure to bodily movements like opening a door or waving a hand. Not things like a nail puncturing the skin or somebody moving your arm up and down. Somebody moving your arm up and down doesn’t count as behavior because it’s something that’s being done to you and not something you don’t control. Furthermore, bodily motions such as going shopping or signing a contract aren’t considered behavior either. They involve some use of the mental so they can’t be considered behavior according to the behaviorists view. Second, mental states include things such as sensations, propositional attitudes, and emotions. A couple examples could be being thirsty or wanting to open a window. Thus, when we put mental states and behavioral dispositions together we get logical behaviorism which, can become apparent in some examples I will give. For instance, having the mental state that my tooth hurts has a behavioral disposition. I may groan and hold the part of my mouth where the toothache is and so
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