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Tolman, Edward C

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1886-1959) US psychologist, a sometimes reluctant associate of B F Skinner, whose theories of behaviourism seemed excessively reductive; he is best known for his successful suit against the University of California for attempting to fire him because of his refusal to sign a McCarthy-era loyalty oath. His measured assessments of the relationship between Psychology and the course of history appear in Drives Toward War (1942) which, though essentially nonfiction, contains lightly fictionalized Near Future descriptions of the kind of political structures that would be required to enable a peaceful world. [JC]

Edward Chace Tolman

born West Newton, Massachusetts: 14 April 1886

died Berkeley, California: 19 November 1959

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