Volume 15 · Number 3 · Pages 229–230
What’s Wrong with Affordances?

Louise Barrett

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Abstract

Open peer commentary on the article “Précis of The Philosophy of Affordances” by Manuel Heras-Escribano. Abstract: I question the notion that we need to understand affordances in terms of Rylean non-factualist dispositions. This is not because I disagree with Herlas-Escribano’s analysis; on the contrary, I consider it illuminating and essential. Rather, his analysis shows that affordances can be understood as originally defined by Gibson and elaborated by Stoffregen (i.e., as a particular kind of non-reductionist, non-physicalist relation between organism and environment. Translation into Rylean dispositions is therefore unnecessary.

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Barrett L. (2020) What’s wrong with affordances? Constructivist Foundations 15(3): 229–230. https://constructivist.info/15/3/229

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