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a psychology based on the assumption that all mental process are useful to an organism in adapting to the environment

any doctrine that stresses utility or purpose

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para]]Are you hedonistic, holistic, or functionalist about your body?
However, since Swindal had just completed a "critical analysis of functionalist, analytic, and semantic models," it is not immediately clear how Davidson's three analytic elements link with Kant's "four analytically distinct perspectives" (p.
According to Schaefer (2005:13) functionalists liken society to a living "organism in which each part of the organism contributes to its survival.
Substantivists wallow in vagueness and question begging, whereas functionalists define religion so widely as to rob the word of all meaning.
All scholars, functionalists and revisionists alike, agree that any occupation's claim to professional status rests on applying a body of specialized knowledge in the provision of an essential service, the proper delivery of which can only be guaranteed by institutions internal to the occupation itself and relatively independent of both the market and the state.
After this introduction the article was organized in the following manner: in the second section we summarize the classically researched themes in IHRM, clearly showing the essentially functionalist perspective of IHRM policies and practices.
A simpler paradigm, one admitting far fewer exceptions, is the functionalist paradigm, which accepts that the state is contingent, and that international law tends to constrain, indeed, to mold, the state based on functional efficiency.
Here again, functionalists will differ; but Lynch himself thinks that truth is manifested by something like good old-fashioned correspondence by structural isomorphism when it comes to our thought and talk about medium-sized dry goods, and something stemming from Crispin Wright's notion of superassertability (what he eventually calls "concordance") when it comes to moral or otherwise evaluative discourse.
it, then one's worldview is that of a functionalist.
The functionalist emphasis on expertise and the neocorporatist emphasis on engaging stakeholders cannot offer criteria for participation on an all-embracing democratic basis.
Generally speaking functionalists direct their attention on the order inherent in societies.
Functionalists believe that the positivist methods, which have triumphed in natural sciences, should prevail in social sciences, as well.
Part V is a nine-page chronology of the Holocaust presented in point form, and Part VI is a reference section containing a glossary of terms and list of biographical sketches pertaining to the Holocaust, followed by seven appendices: extracts from Hitler's writings on Jews; Reichstag election results between 1919 and 1933; a two-page overview of the Second World War; statistics of Jewish dead in the Holocaust; three more short overviews of dilemmas and considerations in teaching the Holocaust; the nature and development of human prejudice; and the interpretive debate between intentionalists and functionalists.
Like some other critics of mid-twentieth-century sociology of the family, Goody misuses the term "isolated" that figured so importantly in the work of structural functionalists like Talcott Parsons, who employed it to distinguish a modern western system from others.
On the other hand, sociological functionalists often revealed an implicit approval of social arrangements that supported the existing social order and maintained cohesion.
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