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Abductive Irradiation of Cultural Values in Shared Spaces: The Case of Social Education Through Public Libraries


This chapter analyzes how some spaces or places become distributors of cultural values. The relevance of these places lies in the fact that, together with a direct relationship with their activities, they become structures of irradiation of values considered positive. This emphasizes how these activities are carried out when they occur in these places, where the most important thing is represented by the synergies that make possible the transformation of the environment through modifying the habits of the people who go there. The public library is taken as an example. The modern library is the result of the evolution of reading and writing. These activities have a very high cultural value that influences the moral perception we have of the people who perform them. For this reason, the library occupies a very prominent place in society, not only because of the importance given to the activities that can be carried out there but also because wanting to go there implies adopting an attitude. In the same way, certain behaviors are assumed by the simple fact of being near them. This phenomenon is approached from an eco-cognitive perspective: libraries are distributive ethical mediators that allow the application of cognitive strategies to interact morally with the environment. Likewise, the design of the building itself also acts as a moral distributor because it incites us to behave correctly within socially and culturally accepted patterns. Abductive reasoning is presented as the ideal mechanism to represent this complex process of imbrication between values, facts, expectations, and emotions.


  • Abduction
  • Irradiation of cultural values
  • Social education
  • Public libraries
  • Situated affordance
  • Inert moral mediators

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Research for this chapter was supported by the PRIN 2017 Research 20173YP4N3-MIUR, Ministry of University and Research, Rome, Italy.

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Correspondence to Alger Sans Pinillos .

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Sans Pinillos, A. (2022). Abductive Irradiation of Cultural Values in Shared Spaces: The Case of Social Education Through Public Libraries. In: Magnani, L. (eds) Handbook of Abductive Cognition. Springer, Cham.

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