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Norms and conventions

Southwood, Nicholas; Eriksson, Lina


What is the relation between norms (in the sense of 'socially accepted rules') and conventions? A number of philosophers have suggested that there is some kind of conceptual or constitutive relation between them. Some hold that conventions are or entail special kinds of norms (the 'conventions-as-norms thesis'). Others hold that at least some norms are or entail special kinds of conventions (the 'norms-as-conventions thesis'). We argue that both theses are false. Norms and conventions are...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Philosophical Explorations
DOI: 10.1080/13869795.2011.569748


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