On the Question of How Social Rules and Social Norms Exist

Christian Bispinck-Funke


The objective of this paper is to grasp the mode of being of social rules and norms. I begin by analyzing how mental representations of rules and norms structure social interaction. Then I demonstrate that the actual existence of rules and norms is a multi-dimensional phenomenon that encompasses mental and linguistic realization (linguistically expressed or habituated doxastic attitudes) as well as socially organized bindingness. I conclude that social rules and norms can be described merely by refering to dispositions and notions.


ontology of social rules and norms; cognitive realization of social rules and norms; pragmatic roles of social rules and norms; socially organized pressure; the meaning of ought

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/Phe_Mi-22433

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