Including “Walden Two Revisited,”
a preface by B. F. Skinner on
the relevance of his novel 28
years after publication.
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This fictional outline of a modern utopia has been a
center of controversy ever since its publication in 1948.
Set in the United States, it pictures a society in which
human problems are solved by a scientific technology
of human conduct.
It is now widely recognized that great changes must be made
in the American way of life. Not only can we not face the rest
of the world while consuming and polluting as we do, we
cannot for long face ourselves while acknowledging the
violence and chaos in which we live. The choice is clear:
either we do nothing and allow a miserable and probably
catastrophic future to overtake us, or we use our knowledge
about human behavior to create a social environment in
which we shall live productive and creative lives and do so
without jeopardizing the chances that those who follow us
will be able to do the same. Something like a Walden Two
would not be a bad start.
FROM THE NEW PREFACE
B. F. SKINNER
WITH A NEW PREFACE
BY THE AUTHOR
HACKETT PUBLISHING COMPANY, INC.
To W. A. S. and G. B. S.
Copyright © 1948, 1976 by B. F. Skinner
Reprinted in 2005, Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
All rights reserved
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For permissions and other inquiries, please address:
Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
P. O. Box 44937
Indianapolis, IN 46244-0937
Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data
Skinner, Burrhus Frederic, (date)
PZ3.S62825Wa5 [PS3537.K527] 813'.5'4 41339
ISBN 0-87220-778-1 pbk.
ISBN-13 978-0-87220-779-0 (cloth)
ISBN-13 978-0-87220-778-3 (pbk.)
eISBN 978-1-60384-036-1 (e-book)
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