Manuel Heras Escribano is Juan de la Cierva Formación Research Fellow at the University of the Basque Country (Spain) and visiting researcher at the Embodied Cognitive Science Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (Japan). His work focuses on the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, with a special interest in embodied and situated theories of cognition. He aims to offer a general theory of the nature of experience from a non-representational, situated and embodied perspective. In his research he has analyzed the theoretical aspects of ecological psychology and enactivism, with special attention to the notion of affordance. Also, he has proposed and applied (with Manuel de Pinedo) a view on normativity of situated behavior inspired in the pragmatist tradition. A third line of research focuses on the biological origins of cognition by joining ecological psychology and niche construction theory.
Heras-Escribano, M. (2020). "The Evolutionary Role of Affordances: Ecological Psychology, Niche Construction, and Natural Selection". Biology & Philosophy, 35 (30). doi: 10.1007/s10539-020-09747-1
Heras-Escribano, M. (2019). The Philosophy of Affordances. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
Heras-Escribano, M. (2019). "Pragmatism, enactivism, and ecological psychology. Towards a unified approach to post-cognitivism". Synthese. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-019- 02111-1.
Heras-Escribano, M. & De Pinedo-García, M. (2018). "Affordances and Landscapes: Overcoming the Nature-Culture Dichotomy through Niche Construction Theory". Frontiers in Psychology. 8:2294 doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02294
Heras-Escribano, M. & Pinedo, M. (2016). "Are affordances normative?". Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 15 (4): 565-589.