Présentation
 
2003 - Volume 44 > Numéro 2

ISSN 0035-2969

Coleman on social norms
Jon ELSTER

pp. 297-304

 

James Coleman’s work on social norms is both insightful and dogmatic. Although he is aware of the range and variety of norms, his theoretical account is a form of crypto-functionalism in which norms are explained by their benefits. The analysis is open to two objections. Some norms do not benefit anyone, but are rather sources of pointless suffering. Also, even when norms do provide benefit for those who follows them (or to others), the causal mechanism by which these benefits explain their causes remains mysterious.

 

 

 
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