New Directions in Philosophy and Cognitive Science

The Philosophy of Affordances

Authors: Heras-Escribano, Manuel

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  • Explores the key philosophical features of affordances
  • Proposes an innovative philosophical characterization of affordances as dispositional properties
  • Analyzes the implications that a proper understanding of affordances has for the philosophy of mind and the cognitive sciences
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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 innovative philosophical 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.

About the authors

Manuel Heras-Escribano is a Juan de la Cierva-FormaciĆ³n 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. 


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Philosophy of Affordances
Authors
Series Title
New Directions in Philosophy and Cognitive Science
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98830-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98830-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98829-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 232
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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