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Article: Understanding affordances: history and contemporary development of Gibson’s central concept

TitleUnderstanding affordances: history and contemporary development of Gibson’s central concept
Authors
KeywordsAffordance
Gibson
Perception-action
Dynamical systems theory
Phenomenology
Issue Date2012
PublisherCentre for Philosophical Research. The Journal's web site is located at http://avant.edu.pl
Citation
Avant: the Journal of the Philosophical-Interdisciplinary Vanguard, 2012, v. 3 n. 2, p. 28-39 How to Cite?
AbstractGibson developed the affordance concept to complement his theory of direct perception that stands in sharp contrast with the prevalent inferential theories of perception. A comparison of the two approaches shows that the distinction between them also has an ontological aspect. We trace the history and newer formalizations of the notion of affordance and discuss some competing opinions on its scope. Next, empirical work on the affordance concept is reviewed in brief and the relevance of dynamical systems theory to affordance research is demonstrated. Finally, the striking but often neglected convergence of the ideas of Gibson and those of certain Continental philosophers is discussed.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/189597
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dc.contributor.authorDotov, DGen_US
dc.contributor.authorNie, Len_US
dc.contributor.authorDe Wit, MMen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-17T14:49:19Z-
dc.date.available2013-09-17T14:49:19Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.citationAvant: the Journal of the Philosophical-Interdisciplinary Vanguard, 2012, v. 3 n. 2, p. 28-39en_US
dc.identifier.issn2082-7598-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/189597-
dc.description.abstractGibson developed the affordance concept to complement his theory of direct perception that stands in sharp contrast with the prevalent inferential theories of perception. A comparison of the two approaches shows that the distinction between them also has an ontological aspect. We trace the history and newer formalizations of the notion of affordance and discuss some competing opinions on its scope. Next, empirical work on the affordance concept is reviewed in brief and the relevance of dynamical systems theory to affordance research is demonstrated. Finally, the striking but often neglected convergence of the ideas of Gibson and those of certain Continental philosophers is discussed.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherCentre for Philosophical Research. The Journal's web site is located at http://avant.edu.plen_US
dc.relation.ispartofAvant: the Journal of the Philosophical-Interdisciplinary Vanguarden_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectAffordance-
dc.subjectGibson-
dc.subjectPerception-action-
dc.subjectDynamical systems theory-
dc.subjectPhenomenology-
dc.titleUnderstanding affordances: history and contemporary development of Gibson’s central concepten_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailDe Wit, MM: dewitm@hku.hk-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.hkuros223485en_US
dc.identifier.volume3en_US
dc.identifier.issue2en_US
dc.identifier.spage28en_US
dc.identifier.epage39en_US
dc.publisher.placePoland-

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