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Pre-conventions. A Fragment of the Background

  • Bruno CelanoEmail author
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Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 126)

Abstract

In his paper Celano argues that there exist conventions of a peculiar sort which are neither norms nor regularities of behavior, partaking of both. He proceeds as follows. After a brief analysis of the meaning of “convention”, Celano gives some examples of the kind of phenomena he has in mind: bodily skills, know-how, taste and style, habitus (P. Bourdieu), “disciplines” (M. Foucault). Then he groups some arguments supporting his claim: (i) considerations about the identity conditions of precedents (D. Lewis) and about the projectibility of predicates in inductive inference generally (N. Goodman); (ii) thoughts about rule-following (L. Wittgenstein); (iii) an examination of some of J. R. Searle’s ideas about the “Background” of intentionality. Celano concludes with some remarks about the time-honored antithesis “nature” v. “convention”.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Law FacultyUniversity of PalermoPalermoItaly

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