JoLMA The Journal for the Philosophy of Language, Mind and the Arts

Rivista | JoLMA
Fascicolo monografico | 1 | 2 | 2020
Articolo | Emoting the Situated Mind

Emoting the Situated Mind


Existing accounts of cognitive artefacts are a useful starting point for developing the emerging notion of situated affectivity. Starting from a recent taxonomy of cognitive artefacts, I propose a taxonomy of material affective scaffolds (material objects that we use to support, shape and more generally regulate our affective states). I distinguish representational material affective scaffolds (divided into iconic, indexical and symbolic ones) from nonrepresentational ones (psychoactive and sensory ones). I conclude by pointing out that the resulting taxonomy is based not only on properties of objects but also on the user’s stance towards objects, which in turn depends on other contextual factors.

Open access | Peer reviewed

Presentato: 13 Luglio 2020 | Accettato: 02 Novembre 2020 | Pubblicato 09 Dicembre 2020 | Lingua: en

Keywords PeirceScaffolded CognitionCognitive ArtefactsEmotionSymbolsRepresentationsAffectivity

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