Explaining Norms by Geoffrey Brennan

Explaining Norms

byGeoffrey Brennan, Lina Eriksson, Robert E. Goodin

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Norms are a pervasive yet mysterious feature of social life. In Explaining Norms, four philosophers and social scientists team up to grapple with some of the many mysteries, offering a comprehensive account of norms: what they are; how and why they emerge, persist and change; and how theywork. Norms, they argue, should be understood in non-reductive terms as clusters of normative attitudes that serve the function of making us accountable to one another - with the different kinds of norms (legal, moral, and social norms) differing in virtue of being constituted by different kinds ofnormative attitudes that serve to make us accountable in different ways. Explanations of and by norms should be seen as thoroughly pluralist in character. Explanations of norms should appeal to the ways that norms help us to pursue projects and goals, individually and collectively, as well as to enable us to constitute social meanings. Explanations by norms shouldrecognise the multiplicity of ways in which norms may bear upon the actions we perform, the attitudes we form and the modes of deliberation in which we engage: following, merely conforming with, and even breaching norms. While advancing novel and distinctive positions on all of these topics, Explaining Norms will also serve as a sourcebook with a rich array of arguments and illustrations for others to reassemble in ways of their own choosing.

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Geoffrey Brennan is an economist who works at the intersection of economics, political science, and moral and political philosophy. He is the author of five books including two with Nobel Laureate James Buchanan. He has served as editor of Economics and Philosophy and Economic Record; and as the President of the international Public Ch...
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Title:Explaining NormsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:April 2, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introducing NormsPart I: Explaining the Nature of Norms2. Norms3. Formal and Non-Formal Norms4. Moral and Social NormsPart II: Explaining the Emergence, Persistence and Change of Norms5. Patterns of Emergence, Persistence, and Change6. Rational Reconstruction7. Social Meaning8. Bad NormsPart III: Explaining With Norms9. Norm Following10. Norm Conforming11. Norm Breaching12. Attitudes and Modes of Deliberation13. ConclusionsReferencesIndex

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"Yair Levy, Mindpacked with ideas and a treasure trove of empirical examples and anecdotes. It will surely propel the debate about norms in the social sciences and philosophy. One particular strength of the book is the tight interaction between theory and practice. Booksellers and librarianswill have a hard time deciding whether this book goes into the 'Economics', 'Politics', 'Sociology' or 'Philosophy section. It probably belongs in all four. In fact, Explaining Norms should be read widely by scholars and students of those and other disciplines." --Kai Spiekermann, Economics and Philosophy