Affordances and the Contents of Perception
Susanna Siegel
Harvard University

 

Affordances are possibilities of action for a creature.  I develop an idea found in Bert Dreyfus and Adrian Cussins that when some such affordances are perceptually salient, it is for us as if the environment pulls actions out of us directly, like a force moving a situation, with our actions in it, from one moment to the next.  I call these experiences "afforded mandates", and explore how they interact with the idea that all perceptual experiences have contents, where contents are a kind of accuracy condition.