Philosophy of Science 70 (5):949-961 (2003)

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Andrea Scarantino
Georgia State University
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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
Keywords Ecology  Perception  Psychology  Science  Gibson, J
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DOI 10.1086/377380
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