Norms in a wired world by Steven A Hetcher

By Steven A Hetcher

Utilizing casual video game thought within the research of norms and customs, Hetcher breaks new floor via using his idea of norms to tort legislations and net privateness legislation. This publication will entice scholars and execs in legislation, philosophy, and political and social theory.

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In spite of this, it might be the case that there is no extant pattern of behavior to which the various members of the community conform that correlates with the norm statement. They talk about turning the other cheek, but this simply is not captured in any sort of regularity of behavior. In such a case, there cannot exist some second rule, either a simple one or a complex internal representation, that the rule theorist may say is really the norm. Rather she must say that the norm is the norm statement, Turn the other cheek.

These two tenets are best discussed together. P1: GVH/IID P2: GVH 0521454360c01 0 521 45436 0 November 29, 2003 16:24 Rule Conception Versus Pattern Conception 19 Although the concepts of prescriptivity and normativity are often used in an overlapping manner, it will help to better understand the rule conception if these notions are kept separate. Though not acknowledging this distinction as such, rule theorists typically take norms to be both prescriptive and normative. The act of prescribing simply involves one person telling another how to behave with the intention of thereby influencing her behavior.

This causes the transmission account to become untenable, as such complex content cannot be transmitted verbally, and so cannot explain the acceptance of these norms by others. The pattern view, on the other hand, can easily account for complex norms. Because norms are patterns of behavior, complex norms are complex patterns of behavior. But complex as they may become, they are nonetheless observable and subject to imitation. Thus, their complexity does not preclude their spread throughout the community.

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