This chapter begins with a summary of the classical sociological solution to the problem of order advanced by Talcott Parsons. The central flaw in the solution is simply that it lacks deliberative microfoundations; it is not clear how social norms interact with beliefs and desires, the two intentional states posited by standard decision theory. A solution is proposed, which involved positing “principles” as a set of intentional states associated direction with actions. A formal representation is developed, and the attractions of the model, from the standpoint of representing a variety of different social interaction types, are then touted.
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