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On the subject of objects: Four views on object perception and tool use
University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6883-2450
2005 (English)In: tripleC (cognition, communication, co-operation): Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society / Unified Theory of Information Research Group, ISSN 1726-670X, E-ISSN 1726-670X, Vol. 3, no 2, 6-19 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper addresses the relation between an agent and its environment, and more specifically, how subjects perceive object/artefacts/tools and their (possible) use. Four different conceptions of the relation between subject and object are compared here: functional tone (von Uexküll), equipment (Heidegger), affordance (Gibson), and entry point (Kirsh). even as these concepts have developed within different disciplines (theoretical biology, philosophy, psychology, and cognitive science) and in very different historical contexts, they are used more or less interchangeably in much of the literature, and typically conflated under the label of ‘affordance’. However, at closer inspection, they turn out to have not only similarities, but also substantial differences, which are identified and discussed here. Given that the relation between subjects and their objects is crucial to understanding human cognition and interaction with tools and technology, as well as robots’ interaction with their environment, we argue that these differences deserve some more attention than they have received so far.

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ICT&S Center for Advanced Studies and Research , 2005. Vol. 3, no 2, 6-19 p.
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functional tone, equipment, affordance, entry point, object, tool use
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-1754OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-1754DiVA: diva2:32030
Available from: 2007-08-27 Created: 2007-08-27 Last updated: 2016-12-23Bibliographically approved

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