A Critique of "Skinnerism: Materialism Minus The Dialectic"

Jerry Ulman


Mishler (1976) asserts that "the Skinnerian and Marxian approaches are incompatible in critical ways" (p. 24), then proceeds to discuss five issues that he presumes are critical.  In response, it is argued that behaviorism and Marxism are complementary, not incompatible; that Mishler's statements to the contrary flow from his failure to distinguish between methodological and radical behaviorism; and that his brand of Marxism is revisionist, not revolutionary.

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