The Normativity of Affordances

  • Manuel Heras-Escribano
Part of the New Directions in Philosophy and Cognitive Science book series (NDPCS)


The idea of normativity is, according to some authors, pervasive: Social practices, institutions, and interactions are said to be normative (Canguilhem 1966/1986; Brandom 1994; Crowell 2013; Rip 2013). In this chapter, I will focus on the normative aspect of the unreflective situated behavior, a kind of behavior that is carried out without explicit deliberation—for example, when we maintain an appropriate distance from others in an elevator or in a bus stop (Rietveld 2008).

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  • Manuel Heras-Escribano
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  1. 1.IAS-Research Centre for Life, Mind, and SocietyUniversity of the Basque CountrySan SebastiánSpain

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