The Emergence of Norms

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byEdna Ullmann-Margalit

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Edna Ullmann-Margalit provides an original account of the emergence of norms. Her main thesis is that certain types of norms are possible solutions to problems posed by certain types of social interaction situations. The problems are such that they inhere in the structure (in thegame-theoretical sense of structure) of the situations concerned. Three types of paradigmatic situations are dealt with. They are referred to as Prisoners' Dilemma-type situations; co-ordination situations; and inequality (or partiality) situations. Each of them, it is claimed, poses a basicdifficulty, to some or all of the individuals involved in them. Three types of norms, respectively, are offered as solutions to these situational problems. It is shown how, and in what sense, the adoption of these norms of social behaviour can indeed resolve the specified problems.

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Edna Ullmann-Margalit provides an original account of the emergence of norms. Her main thesis is that certain types of norms are possible solutions to problems posed by certain types of social interaction situations. The problems are such that they inhere in the structure (in thegame-theoretical sense of structure) of the situations co...

Professor Ullmann-Margalit was Professor of Education at the Hebrew Universiy of Jerusalem.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.47 inPublished:April 5, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198729383

ISBN - 13:9780198729389

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1. Aim and Method2. PD Norms3. Co-ordination Norms4. Norms of PartialityBibliographyIndex

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"a book with arguments and ideas deserving of close attention from moral philosophers, political philosophers, philosophers of social science, and the social scientists themselves ... a sophisticated and sustained argument." --Lanning Sowden, The Philosophical Quarterly