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Following the RulesPractical Reasoning and Deontic Constraint$
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Joseph Heath

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195370294

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370294.001.0001

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Deontic Constraint

Deontic Constraint

(p.65) 3 Deontic Constraint
Following the Rules

Joseph Heath (Contributor Webpage)

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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.

Keywords:   social norms, Emile Durkheim, Talcott Parsons, world Bayesianism, Savage trichotomy, social integration, discounting, fundamental choice disposition

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