Can Affordances Explain Behavior?

Review of Philosophy and Psychology 8 (2):295-315 (2017)
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Abstract

In this paper we secure the explanatory value of affordances by treating them as relational properties and as inherently linked to unintentional movements and possible intentional actions. We distinguish between Basic affordances, which are related to unintentional movements, and Complex affordances, which are subjective and executively controlled by individuals. The linkage between affordances and motor intentions allows for accounting for the infinite number of affordances that any given object potentially has. Appealing to objective systematic contingencies that provide the actor with information about the effects of her actions, allows for accounting for perception of affordances and for securing their explanatory value.

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Gottfried Vosgerau
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
Silvano Zipoli Caiani
Università degli Studi di Firenze

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