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Role and Limits of the ‘Functional Approach’ in Formulation of Theories of Attitudes

  • Stefan Nowak
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 94)

Abstract

In his survey of various theories of attitudes, Daniel Katz1 classified the theories into two groups. One group comprises those assuming that man is a rational being who thinks and considers thoughtfully what is around him so as to behave accordingly. The others do not assume rationality as the basic machanism of attitude formation, but rather tend to account for the shaping of attitudes in terms of such mechanisms as conditioning, or strivings towards homeostasis, or cognitive consonance, etc. Katz remarks pointedly:

The major difficulty with these conflicting approaches is their lack of specification of condition under which men do act as theory would predict. For the facts are that people do act at times as if they had been decorticated and at times with intelligence and comprehension. And people themselves do recognize they have behaved blindly, impulsively and thoughtlessly.2

Keywords

Human Mind Functional Approach Cognitive Dissonance Attitude Formation Attitude Theory 
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