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.
Table of Contents
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
Chapter 3. I, Thou, and We: Peirce and Brandom on the Objectivity of Norms
Chapter 4. Social Roles as Practical Reasons? Questioning Brandomian Pragmatism
Hans Bernhard Schmid
Part II. Naturalist Perspectives
Chapter 5. Assertion: A Pragmatic Genealogy
Chapter 6. Normative Attitudes
Chapter 7. Normative Attitudes, Shared Intentionality, and Discursive Cognition
Chapter 8. Two Pillars of Institutions: Constitutive Rules and Participation
Part III. Social-Pragmatic Perspectives
Chapter 9. An I without a You? An Exercise in Normative Pragmatics
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
Chapter 12. Slurring Speech and Social Norms
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.