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Social Conventions: From Language to Law.

Author: Andrei Marmor
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press Ewing : California Princeton Fulfillment Services [distributor] Jan. 2014
Series: Princeton Monographs in Philosophy Ser.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Social conventions are those arbitrary rules and norms governing the countless behaviors all of us engage in every day without necessarily thinking about them, from shaking hands when greeting someone to driving on the right side of the road. In this book, Andrei Marmor offers a pathbreaking and comprehensive philosophical analysis of conventions and the roles they play in social life and practical reason, and in  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrei Marmor
ISBN: 9780691162232 0691162239
OCLC Number: 1000444739
Target Audience: College Audience
Description: 1 online resource
Series Title: Princeton Monographs in Philosophy Ser.

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Social conventions are those arbitrary rules and norms governing the countless behaviors all of us engage in every day without necessarily thinking about them, from shaking hands when greeting someone to driving on the right side of the road. In this book, Andrei Marmor offers a pathbreaking and comprehensive philosophical analysis of conventions and the roles they play in social life and practical reason, and in doing so challenges the dominant view of social conventions first laid out by David Lewis. Marmor begins by giving a general account of the nature of conventions, explaining the differences between coordinative and constitutive conventions and between deep and surface conventions. He then applies this analysis to explain how conventions work in language, morality, and law. Marmor clearly demonstrates that many important semantic and pragmatic aspects of language assumed by many theorists to be conventional are in fact not, and that the role of conventions in the moral domain is surprisingly complex, playing mostly an auxiliary and supportive role. Importantly, he casts new light on the conventional foundations of law, arguing that the distinction between deep and surface conventions can be used to answer the prevalent objections to legal conventionalism."Social Conventions" is a much-needed reappraisal of the nature of the rules that regulate virtually every aspect of human conduct.

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