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Emoting the Situated Mind

A Taxonomy of Affective Material Scaffolds

Giovanna Colombetti    University of Exeter, UK    

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abstract

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.

Pubblicato
09 Dicembre 2020
Accettato
02 Novembre 2020
Presentato
13 Luglio 2020
Lingua
EN

Keywords: Cognitive ArtefactsScaffolded CognitionSymbolsAffectivityEmotionPeirceRepresentations

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