Title: Are moral norms distinct from social norms? A critical assessment of Jon Elster and Cristina Bicchieri
Authors: Dubreuil, Benoît ×
Gregoire, Jean-Francois #
Issue Date: Jul-2013
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Series Title: Theory and Decision vol:75 issue:1 pages:137-152
Article number: 10.1007/s11238-012-9342-3
Abstract: This article offers a critical assessment of Cristina Bicchieri and Jon Elster’s recent attempt to distinguish between social, moral, and quasi-moral norms. Although their typologies present interesting differences, they both distinguish types of norms on the basis of the way in which context, and especially other agents’ expectations and behavior, shapes one’s preference to comply with norms. We argue that both typologies should be abandoned because they fail to capture causally relevant features of norms. We nevertheless emphasize that both Bicchieri and Elster correctly draw attention to important and often neglected characteristics of the psychology of norm compliance.
ISSN: 0040-5833
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
× corresponding author
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