Comportamento Social e Contextos Sociais: Uma Abordagem Nomológica

  • Luiz Henrique de Araújo Dutra


This paper aims to argue for a lawful, intentional approach to human behavior. Donald Davidson’s idea that an event is mental according to the way it is described is here accepted. However, his nonlawful conception of psychology, in its turn, is rejected. Rather, based on Howard Rachlin’s teleological behaviorism, a lawful, externalist approach to explaining human behavior is adopted, according to which a bit of behavior is to be interpreted in connection with other ones, within a certain social context. It is argued here also that Rachlin’s perspective amounts to a sort of externalization of intentionality.