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Selling the FutureThe Perils of Predicting Global Politics$
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Ariel Colonomos

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190603649

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190603649.001.0001

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The Future of Norms

The Future of Norms

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(p.177) 8 The Future of Norms
Source:
Selling the Future
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Ariel Colonomos

, Gregory Elliott
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190603649.003.0009

Political and economic events are embedded with norms (part 2). Therefore, as this chapter claims, forecasting or predicting a political event such as a war should include both the anticipation of the decision to go to war and the norms that will constrain or authorize such action. However, anticipations usually concentrate on material facts. Epistemically, it is important to elaborate anticipations about norms because this will accrue the quality of future claims. Politically, it is also important to stimulate a debate about the probable and desirable future worlds we want to live in. A debate about future norms should focus on what will be the desirable norms for future societies according to criteria that we have to try to anticipate. This chapter calls for a global observatory of norms that will stimulate both the analysis and practice of international politics.

Keywords:   Norms, Facts and norms dichotomy, Future worlds, Human rights, Ethics, Observatory of norms

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