How to think about rules and rule following

Philosophy of the Social Sciences 35 (3):307-323 (2005)
Abstract
This article will discuss the difficulties of providing a plausible account of rule following in the social realm. It will show that the cognitive model of rule following is not suited for this task. Nevertheless, revealing the inadequacy of the cognitive model does not justify the wholesale dismissal of understanding human practices as rule-following practices, as social theorists like Bourdieu or Dreyfus have argued. Instead it will be shown that rule-following behavior is best understood as being based on a set of complex dispositions. In this manner one is able to account for the causal explanatory role of the notion of a rule. Key Words: rules • norms • explanation • Bourdieu • Winch.
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Masahiro Yamada (2010). Rule Following: A Pedestrian Approach. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 80 (2):283-311.
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