Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Guerilla Metaphysics… Perception

HARMAN, G. (2007) Guerilla Metaphysics: Phenomenology and the Carpentry of Things. Open Court Publishing Company.

“Perception can only assist our acts of meaning without being directly responsible for them, since these acts by definition go beyond the materials with which they work.” (p24)

Harman, when discussing perception, believes it is not directly responsible for intentional acts. The attribution of meaning to that act is contextual to the object associated with the intentional act, as the material the object is composed of affords information to the call to action that is communicated. Perception of this affordance, through the semiotic signs, is enabled but it is in interpreting and understanding the semiotic signs that leads to the interaction.  

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