Behavior as a Phenomenon

  • Frederick L. Bates
Part of the Contemporary Systems Thinking book series (CST)


The cognitive apparatus under development in this book takes human social behavior as its phenomenological domain. In doing so, it assumes the existence of a phenomenon known as social behavior that takes place in the “real world” outside the mind of the scientific observer. At the same time, however, it assumes, from a neoconstructivist perspective, that this phenomenon cannot be encountered directly through the senses “as it is” but must be constructed in the mind of the observer by use of a cognitive apparatus. This means that the term social behavior, especially in the context of a scientific theory, inevitably refers to a conventionalized abstraction that builds a reality called social behavior by means of cognitive action.


Social Behavior Cognitive System Cognitive Action Tooth Brushing Social Unit 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick L. Bates
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  1. 1.The University of GeorgiaAthensGeorgia

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