Pragmatic Apparatus – Moral affordance, moral expertise, and virtue

Cited by Lee Sonogan

What are Affordances? | Interaction Design Foundation (IxDF)

Abstract by: Peter J. Hampson, Timothy L. Hulsey, Phillip P. McGarry

We extend “4E” cognition to moral psychology. Since acting on affordances typically requires expertise, moral expertise, or virtue, is needed to act on moral affordances and to shape moral agency. Ethical rules and codes, often selected through a process of constraint satisfaction, are also involved in the detection and selection of moral affordances. We argue that individuals who act prudently possess moral expertise that allows them to remain in the “metastable zone” between mind and world, giving them an optimal grip on moral affordances and permitting wise judgement and action. We show how this can be explained via a noncognitivist, affordance-based account of the virtue phronesis (prudence). Our overall approach creates space for reciprocally causal accounts and prospection in explanations of human moral activity.

Publication: Theory and Psychology (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

Pub Date: July 2, 2021 Doi:

Keywords: affordance, expertise, moral psychology, phronesis, virtue (Plenty more sections and references in this research article)

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