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Explaining Norms

Geoffrey Brennan, Lina Eriksson, Robert E. Goodin, and Nicholas Southwood


Norms are a pervasive yet mysterious feature of social life. This book aims to grapple with some of the many mysteries, offering an account of norms: what they are; how and why they emerge, persist, and change; and how they work. Norms, the book argues, should be understood in non-reductive terms as clusters of normative attitudes that serve the function of making us accountable to one another — with the different kinds of norms (legal, moral, and social norms) differing in virtue of being constituted by different kinds of normative attitudes that serve to make us accountable in different ways ... More

Keywords: norms, social life, normative attitudes, legal norms, social norm, moral norms, social meanings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199654680
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654680.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Brennan, author
Australian National University; University of North Carolina; Duke University

Lina Eriksson, author
Flinders University

Robert E. Goodin, author
Australian National University; University of Essex