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Minding NormsMechanisms and dynamics of social order in agent societies$
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Rosaria Conte, Giulia Andrighetto, and Marco Campennl

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199812677

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812677.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Minding Norms

Rosaria Conte

Giulia Andrighetto

Marco Campennì

Oxford University Press

Norms represent a most salient feature of social organization, but no common definition is available as yet, and there is a major dichotomy in the nature of norms between what is called the deontic and the conventionalist traditions; moreover, the link between norms and sanctions is often unclear. The work presented in this volume aims to contribute to advances at the conceptual, modeling, theoretical, and operational treatment of norms. In this book, a general notion of norms as behaviors spreading over a society of agents—on condition that the corresponding prescriptions and mental representations spread as well—is proposed. A dynamic model of norms will be presented, and an operational, simulation-based version of this model will be implemented and tested by means of agent-based simulations where agents are equipped with a cognitively rich architecture (EMIL-A). Advances in the theory of norms will be shown to derive from the operational modeling of their two-way dynamics, highlighting the need for the two complementary concepts of emergence and immergence.

Keywords:   norms, norm emergence, norm immergence, two-way dynamics, normative architectures

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