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Norms Require Not Just Technical Skill and Social Learning, but Real Cooperation

Norms Require Not Just Technical Skill and Social Learning, but Real Cooperation AbstractBirch’s account of the evolutionary origins of social norms is essentially individualistic. It begins with individuals regulating their own actions toward internally represented goals, as evaluative standards, and adds in a social dimension only secondarily. I argue that a better account begins at the outset with uniquely human collaborative activity in which individuals share evaluative standards about how anyone who would play a given role must behave both toward their joint goal and toward one another. This then scaled up to the shared normative standards for anyone who would be a member of ‘our’ social group. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Analyse & Kritik de Gruyter

Norms Require Not Just Technical Skill and Social Learning, but Real Cooperation

Analyse & Kritik , Volume 43 (1): 6 – Jun 1, 2021

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de Gruyter
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© 2021 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston
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0171-5860
DOI
10.1515/auk-2021-0012
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Abstract

AbstractBirch’s account of the evolutionary origins of social norms is essentially individualistic. It begins with individuals regulating their own actions toward internally represented goals, as evaluative standards, and adds in a social dimension only secondarily. I argue that a better account begins at the outset with uniquely human collaborative activity in which individuals share evaluative standards about how anyone who would play a given role must behave both toward their joint goal and toward one another. This then scaled up to the shared normative standards for anyone who would be a member of ‘our’ social group.

Journal

Analyse & Kritikde Gruyter

Published: Jun 1, 2021

Keywords: social norms; shared intentionality; evolution; cooperative interaction; non-instumental skills

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