Inviting Complementary Perspectives on Situated Normativity in Everyday Life

Phenom Cogn Sci (2010) 9:53-73

21 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2014

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Pim Klaassen

University of Amsterdam

Erik Rietveld

University of Amsterdam

Julien Topal

European University Institute - Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS)

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

In everyday life, situations in which we act adequately yet entirely without deliberation are ubiquitous. We use the term “situated normativity” for the normativeaspect of embodied cognition in skillful action. Wittgenstein’s notion of “directed discontent” refers to a context-sensitive reaction of appreciation in skillful action.Extending this notion from the domain of expertise to that of adequate everyday action, we examine phenomenologically the question of what happens when skilled individuals act correctly with instinctive ease. This question invites exploratory contributions from a variety of perspectives complementary to the philosophical/phenomenological one, including cognitive neuroscience, neurodynamics and psychology. Along such lines we try to make the normative aspect of adequate immediate action better accessible to empirical research. After introducing the idea that “valence” is a forerunner of directed discontent, we propose to make progress on this by first pursuing a more restricted exploratory question, namely,‘what happens in the first few hundred milliseconds of the development of directed discontent?

Keywords: Directed discontent; Instinctive normative action; Philosophy and neuroscience; Valence; Wittgenstein

Suggested Citation

Klaassen, Pim and Rietveld, Erik and Topal, Julien, Inviting Complementary Perspectives on Situated Normativity in Everyday Life (2010). Phenom Cogn Sci (2010) 9:53-73, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2395489

Pim Klaassen

University of Amsterdam ( email )

Spui 21
Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

Erik Rietveld (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam ( email )

Spui 21
Netherlands

Julien Topal

European University Institute - Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) ( email )

Via dei Roccettini 9
San Domenico di Fiesole
Florence, 50014
Italy

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