Behavior and Philosophy: Devoted to the

philosophical, metaphysical, and

methodological foundations of the study

of behavior



Editor of Behavior and Philosophy


The Cambridge Center Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. José E. Burgos as the editor for Behavior and Philosophy.


Correspondence about the journal and manuscripts should be sent to Dr. Burgos at Dr. Burgos may also be contacted at the following address:

José E. Burgos, PhD

Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies

550 Newtown Road, Suite 950

Littleton, MA 01460




Editor: José E. Burgos, PhD, Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones en Comportamiento Universidad de Guadalajara

ISSN 1053-8348 Published by the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies


Founded in 1973 under the name Behaviorism, Behavior and Philosophy is a journal devoted to the philosophical, metaphysical, and methodological foundations of the study of behavior, brain, and mind. In addition to original articles, critical or historical reviews and responses to articles are also welcome. While we hope that everything we publish will be scientifically and philosophically sound, we insist above all on clarity and directness, respecting Francis Bacon's dictum that “truth will sooner come from error than confusion.” Every article should be accessible to an educated but unspecialized audience.


About the Editor:

José E. BurgosDr. José E. Burgos received his PhD in Neuroscience and Behavior from the University of Massachusetts in May of 1996 (Advisor: John W. Donahoe). Burgos’ dissertation focused on a computational approach to the evolution of Pavlovian conditioning that combined a neural-network model and a genetic algorithm. He also holds an MS in Experimental Analysis of Behavior and completed all course credits of an MS in the philosophy of science, both at the Central University of Venezuela. As an undergrad, he has a License in Psychology from the Andrés Bello Catholic University, also in Venezuela. He is currently Full Professor at the Graduate Program in Behavior Science of the Center for Behavior Studies and Investigations, University of Guadalajara, where he teaches courses on Brain and Behavior and Philosophy of Science. He is also invited professor at the Graduate Program in Philosophical Studies at the University of Guadalajara, where he teaches Philosophy of Mind. He has been and currently is advisor of several graduate students. He also develops experimental research to test novel predictions from a neural-network model of Pavlovian and operant conditioning with animals, in addition to research on the philosophy of psychology. Dr. Burgos has published papers in a number of different journals, including Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (JEAB), Behavioral and Brain Sciences (as commentator), Behavior and Philosophy, Behavioural Processes, Psycoloquy, International Journal of Comparative Psychology, and Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis, has published numerous book chapters, and has been editor of several books. He was editor of the Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis (2000-2004). He has also presented papers at conferences worldwide, including SQAB and ABA. Dr. Burgos has been recognized with several awards, including the Jalisco Secretary of Education Award for contributions to the design of psychology undergraduate curricula, the Mexican Secretary of Education Professorship Desirable Profile, the Mexican National Research System (Level II), and various research awards from the University of Guadalajara. He has served on the editorials board of Behavior and Philosophy and the Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis, and as invited reviewer for JEAB and Learning & Behavior.


Editorial Board:

Erik Arntzen, Oslo and Akershus University College

Kennon A. Lattal, West Virginia University

Louise Barrett, University of Lethbridge Alberta

Michael Levin, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

William Baum, University of New Hampshire

John Malone, University of Tennessee

Arturo Bouzas, Universidad Nacional Autonama de Mexico

M. Jackson Marr, Georgia Tech

Marc Branch, University of Florida

Paolo Moderato, IULM University, Milan

Matt Brodhead, Michigan State University

Matt Normand, University of the Pacific

David Cox, University of Florida

William O'Donohue, University of Nevada

Thomas S. Critchfield, Illinois State University

Daniele Ortu, University of North Texas

Manuel Curado, Universidade do Minho

David Palmer, Smith College

Iser DeLeon, University of Florida

Shawn P. Quigley, University of New Mexico Medical Group

Christoffer Eilifsen, Oslo and Akershus University College

Howard Rachlin, University of New York at Stony Brook

Jonathan K. Fernand, University of Florida

William Rottschaefer, Lewis and Clark College

Mitch Fryling, California State University, Los Angeles

Terry L. Smith, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Michael Ghiselin, California Academy of Sciences

Bruce Thyer, The Florida State University

Linda Hayes, University of Nevada-Reno

João-Cláudio Todorov, Universidade de Brasilia

Max Hocutt, University of Alabama

François Tonneau, Universidade Federal do Pará

Peter Killeen, Arizona State University

Diego Zilio, Federal University of Espírito Santo

Richard Kitchener, Colorado State University

Behavior and Philosophy Publication as an E-Journal


Behavior and Philosophy operates according to an open-access model as of 2014. Articles that are accepted through peer review will be copyedited and appear immediately online in the contents of the current volume on the CCBS website ( CCBS is in process to make volumes available as electronic publications. We hope that open access in its new electronic format will mean wider dissemination of the journal. Regardless, Behavior and Philosophy will continue in the tradition of scholarship and excellence for which it is known.


We invite readers and potential authors to submit articles, book reviews, and comments in keeping with the mission of the journal.


Questions may be addressed to the editor or CCBS.


As is our custom, the current volumes cover a broad range of topics at the intersection of philosophy and psychology. The current volumes have target articles  on explanation and computer simulations, with comments by reviewers and replies  by authors. Other articles include the role of memes in social evolution, methodological behaviorism, and book reviews. We hope readers find these articles as stimulating as did the referees.


For authors, article-by-article electronic publication means instant access to a wide audience and fewer constraints on length and graphic materials. For the publisher it means reduced costs and a shorter response time.


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Volumes available through JSTOR:


Behavior and Philosophy     1990 - 2011

Behaviorism   1972 – 1989   *


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*BEHAVIORISM, the journal, was founded in 1972 by Willard Day, a remarkable clinician/philosopher who nurtured a series of remarkable, often ground-breaking essays that raised the visibility of contemporary behavioral thinking within the broader intellectual community. These comprised the first 13 years of the journal, which he handed over to the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies in 1984. In 1990 the journal was re-titled Behavior & Philosophy, and it has continued to the present day under a succession of capable editors.