Summary and Conclusions

  • David D. Franks
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Sociology book series (BRIEFSSOCY)


Important parts of this book have borrowed from the philosophers of yesterday to embellish the neuroscience of today. This is especially the case when we refer to the turn to the century work of the twentieth-century philosophers, Dewey, Bentley, and Mead as they championed social behaviorism. As we have seen, for the social behaviorists, the “meaning” of an object does not reside in the object itself but in how we can act toward it. An important concept here has been affordance. Meaning lies in what kind of action the object allows or affords to the actor. Some objects allow one to eat them and others definitely do not; some allow one to lift them and others do not, etc.


Social behaviorism Affordance Meaning Rene spitz Transducers Emergence Sperry Reductionism Agency Fromm Unconscious Neurosociology Plasticity Synapsis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David D. Franks
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

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