186207

Springer, Dordrecht

2019

232 pages

ISBN 978-3-319-98829-0

The philosophy of affordances

Manuel Heras-Escribano

This book is the first monograph fully devoted to analyzing the philosophical aspects of affordances. The concept of affordance, coined and developed in the field of ecological psychology, describes the possibilities for action available in the environment. This work offers a systematic approach to the key philosophical features of affordances, such as their ontological characterization, their relation to normative practices, and the idea of agency that follows from viewing affordances as key objects of perception, while also proposing an innovativephilosophical characterization of affordances as dispositional properties.

The Philosophy of Affordances analyzes the implications that a proper understanding of affordances has for the philosophy of mind and the cognitive sciences, and aims to intensify the dialogue between philosophy and ecological psychology in which each discipline benefits from the tools and insights of the other.

Manuel Heras-Escribano is a Juan de la Cierva-Formación research fellow working at the IAS Research Centre for Life, Mind, and Society at the University of the Basque Country, Spain. Formerly a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Granada, Spain, and the Alberto Hurtado University, Chile, his work focuses on the philosophical and conceptual aspects of the embodied and situated cognitive sciences, with a growing interest in the evolutionary origins of cognition. 

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Heras-Escribano, M. (2019). The philosophy of affordances, Springer, Dordrecht.

Introduction

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Ecological psychology

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The ontology of affordances

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61-89

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The normativity of affordances

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91-114

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Toward an ecological approach to agency

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115-145

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Ecological information and perceptual content

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147-162

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New challenges for ecological psychology

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163-190

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Epilogue

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