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Affordances Explained

Scarantino, Andrea M. (2002) Affordances Explained. In: [2002] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 18th Biennial Mtg - PSA 2002: Contributed Papers (Milwaukee, WI; 2002) > PSA 2002 Contributed Papers. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    I examine the central theoretical construct of ecological psychology, the concept of an affordance. In the first part of the paper, I illustrate the role affordances play in Gibson’s theory of perception. In the second part, I argue that affordances are to be understood as dispositional properties, and explain what I take to be their characteristic background circumstances, triggering circumstances and manifestations. The main purpose of my analysis is to give affordances a theoretical identity enriched by Gibson’s visionary insight, but independent of the most controversial claims of the Gibsonian movement.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Conferences and Volumes: [2002] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 18th Biennial Mtg - PSA 2002: Contributed Papers (Milwaukee, WI; 2002) > PSA 2002 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Program Committee
    Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2003
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:11
    Item ID: 1104
    Public Domain: No
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1104

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