Rules and the Social World

Jaap Hage16-35

Abstract: Rules and the Social World

There are many issues around rules and related concepts. By developing a theory about the existence of social reality, this article aims to address these issues by discussing:

  • the relation between rules and norms,
  • the difference between deontic normativity and the normativity of reason,
  • the (im)possibility of prescriptive rules,
  • two kinds of constitutive rules, and
  • the function of rules as constraints on possible worlds.