What’s Done Here—Explaining Behavior in Terms of Customs and Norms

Southern Journal of Philosophy 45 (3):363-393 (2007)

Abstract

Terms like “norm,” “ custom,” “convention,” “tradition,” and “culture” are used throughout social science, and throughout everyday conversation,to describe certain types of behaviors. Yet it is not very clear what people mean by them. In this paper, I try to make clearer what is meant by these terms and what makes the behavior they describe possible.

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