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Affektív elmék
Affective Minds

Author(s): Levente Papp
Subject(s): Philosophy, Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind
Published by: Erdélyi Múzeum-Egyesület
Keywords: affect; embodiment; agency; autonomy; teleology; normativity;

Summary/Abstract: In this study I would like to reflect on those fundamental and common features of minded beings which define them and set them apart from everything else in the world. What are those individually necessary and jointly sufficient basic characteristics by which an actual or possible being can be considered minimally minded or cognitive? Obviously, my aim is not to resolve this big question, but I think we can get closer to a possible answer by considering among others the following few essential traits: embodiment, agency, autonomy, teleology, normativity etc. These characteristics play a fundamental role in understanding what it means for a system to be minded. In the first part of my study I would like to analyse some connections which exist among these concepts and after this brief introduction I would like to highlight and interpret the category of affect. Following these considerations, I will try to argue that affect, like the other key features mentioned, plays an essential role in the constitution of minded beings.

  • Issue Year: LXXX/2018
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 11-23
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Hungarian