If Skill is Normative, Then Norms are Everywhere

Analyse & Kritik 43 (1):203-218 (2021)
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Abstract

Birch sketches out an ingenious account of how the psychology of social norms emerged from individual-level norms of skill. We suggest that these individual-level norms of skill are likely to be much more widespread than Birch suggests, extending deeper into the hominid lineage, across modern great ape species, all the way to distantly related creatures like honeybees. This suggests that there would have been multiple opportunities for social norms to emerge from skill norms in human prehistory.

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Kristin Andrews
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Evan Westra
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