1st Edition

The Social Institution of Discursive Norms Historical, Naturalistic, and Pragmatic Perspectives

    288 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The essays in this collection explore the idea that discursive norms—the norms governing our thought and talk—are profoundly social. Not only do these norms govern and structure our social interactions, but they are sustained by a variety of social and institutional structures.

    The chapters are divided into three thematic sections. The first offers historical perspectives on discursive norms, including a chapter by Robert Brandom on the way Hegel transformed Kant’s normativist approach to representation by adding both a social and a historicist dimension to it. Section II features four chapters that examine the sociality of normativity from within a broadly naturalistic framework. The third and final section focuses on the social dimension of linguistic phenomena such as online speech acts, oppressive speech, and assertions.

    The Social Institution of Discursive Norms will be of interest to scholars and advanced students working in philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and social philosophy.

    Chapter 1. Introduction: Themes in the Study of Human Cognition as a Social Phenomenon

    Preston Stovall and Leo Townsend

    Part I. Historical Perspectives

    Chapter 2. The Fine Structure of Autonomy and Recognition

    Robert Brandom

    Chapter 3. I, Thou, and We: Peirce and Brandom on the Objectivity of Norms

    Vitaly Kiryushchenko

    Chapter 4. Social Roles as Practical Reasons? Questioning Brandomian Pragmatism

    Hans Bernhard Schmid

    Part II. Naturalist Perspectives

    Chapter 5. Assertion: A Pragmatic Genealogy

    Ladislav Koreň

    Chapter 6. Normative Attitudes

    Jaroslav Peregrin

    Chapter 7. Normative Attitudes, Shared Intentionality, and Discursive Cognition

    Preston Stovall

    Chapter 8. Two Pillars of Institutions: Constitutive Rules and Participation

    Wolfgang Huemer

    Part III. Social-Pragmatic Perspectives

    Chapter 9. An I without a You? An Exercise in Normative Pragmatics

    Jeremy Wanderer

    Chapter 10. "I Really Didn’t Say Everything I Said": The Pragmatics of Retraction

    Quill Kukla and Dan Steinberg

    Chapter 11. Discursive Injustice and the Speech of Indigenous Communities

    Leo Townsend

    Chapter 12. Slurring Speech and Social Norms

    Mihaela Popa-Wyatt


    Leo Townsend is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Vienna. He works on collective intentionality, social epistemology, and philosophy of language, and has published papers on group speech and group silencing, the nature of trust, collective belief, group agency, and epistemic injustice.

    Preston Stovall is a postdoctoral researcher in the Philosophical Faculty at the University of Hradec Králové. He works on the philosophy of language, metaphysics, and themes in German idealism and American pragmatism.

    Hans Bernhard Schmid is Professor of Political and Social Philosophy at the University of Vienna. His research interests include social ontology, phenomenology, and existential philosophy.