Behaviourism is the view that mental states are behavioural states. So, for example, pain is crying out in a particular manner or flinching in a particular way. The view has never been popular with Christian philosophers, not only because of the obvious problems of the stoic (who suppresses pain-behaviour when pain is felt) and the actor (who simulates pain-behaviour when it is not felt), but also because it is hard to see that any remotely plausible behaviouristic analysis can apply to God.
   See soul
   Further reading: Clark, Gordon H. 1982; Ryle 1949

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