Volume 7 · Number 1 · Pages 87–89
Realism Redux: Gibson’s Affordances Get a Well-Deserved Update. Review of “Radical Embodied Cognitive Science” by Anthony Chemero

Tom Ziemke

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Abstract

Upshot: Chemero provides a modern re-interpretation of Gibson’s ecological psychology and his affordance concept that is more coherent than the original and in line with antirepresentationalist, dynamical theories in embodied cognitive science. He argues for a radical embodied cognitive science, in which ecological and enactive approaches join forces against the more watered-down, mainstream embodied cognitive science that still maintains traditional commitments to representationalism and computationalism. He also defends a special version of realism, entity realism, which many constructivists might not find entirely convincing, but which is nevertheless more or less compatible with enactive theories of embodied cognition.

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Ziemke T. (2011) Realism redux: Gibson’s affordances get a well-deserved update. Review of “radical embodied cognitive science” by anthony chemero. Constructivist Foundations 7(1): 87–89. http://constructivist.info/7/1/087

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