Norms, Values, Society: Phenomenological and Ontological Approaches
VOLUME 3, DECEMBER 2012 

Norms, Values, Society: Phenomenological and Ontological Approaches

“For aside from the sorts of normative demands to which secondary rules, practice rules, and constitutive rules give rise, there exist in law,...

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Norms, Values, Society: Phenomenological and Ontological Approaches

“For aside from the sorts of normative demands to which secondary rules, practice rules, and constitutive rules give rise, there exist in law, politics and society other types of demands which are similarly nonconventional. Each of us believes that he has an obligation to respect other human beings; each of us believes that he has an obligation to apologize to those we might have wronged. These beliefs do not depend for their existence on any promises we have made, and neither do the associated obligations. Each of us believes, similarly, that intentional wrongdoing ought to be blamed more severely than unintentional wrongdoing; each of us believes that wrongdoers ought to be blamed. These views, again, are clearly normative, and they do not depend for their existence on any promises or contracts” (Zaibert&Smith 2007)

The current issue of “Phenomenology and Mind“, “Norms, Values, Society: Phenomenological and Ontological Approaches” moves from an hypothesis: social reality is characterized by different levels of life – non-institutional level of life, institutional level of life, ethical-political level of life – each one characterized by its own eidetic laws, but intrinsically linked with the others: «varieties of normativity» do exist as much as their corresponding «varieties of goodness».

Contributions that are collected in “Phenomenology and Mind” give voice to an authentic phenomenological spirit, in both its analytic (in the sense of conceptual clarity and of the attention for formal logic and ontology) and synthetic (in the sense of openness to the best of the philosophical traditions, including the contemporary intellectual debates and the material or regional ontologies).


CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION
Emanuele Caminada (Universität zu Köln) and Barbara Malvestiti (Università degli Studi di Milano)
Norms, Values, Society: a Brief Phenomenological Overview


SESSION 1. Non-Institutional Life

Andrea Zhok (Università degli Studi di Milano)
A Phenomenological Discussion of Early Imitation

Marco Spina (Université Paris-Sorbonne)
Norm and Normality, Starting from Merleau-Ponty

Joseph Kisolo-Ssonko (University of Sheffield)
Love, Plural Subjects & Normative Constraint

Neil W. Williams (University of Sheffield)
Against Atomic Individualism in Plural Subject Theory

Alessandro Salice (Universität Wien)
Social Ontology and Immanent Realism


SESSION 2. Institutional Life

Lorenzo Passerini Glazel (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca)
Institutional Ontology as an Ontology of Types

Wojciech Żełaniec (University of Gdańsk)
On the Constitutive Force of Regulative Rules

Guglielmo Feis (Università degli Studi di Milano) and Umberto M. Sconfienza (Tilburg University)
Challenging the Constitutive Rules Inviolability Dogma

Emanuele Bottazzi and Roberta Ferrario (Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione di Trento)
Appearance Counting as Reality? Some Considerations on Stability and Unpredictability in Social Institutions

Gaetano Albergo (Università degli Studi di Catania)
Does Ontogenesis of Social Ontology Start with Pretence?


SESSION 3. Ethical-Political Life

Massimo Reichlin (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano)
The Neosentimentalist Argument Against Moral Rationalism: Some Critical Observations

Christian Blum (Universität zu Köln)
Determining the Common Good: a (Re-)Constructive Critique of the Proceduralist Paradigm

Roberta Sala (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano)
Reasonable Values and the Value of Reasonableness. Reflections on John Rawls’ Political Liberalism


SESSION 4. Special Issue

Emanuele Caminada (Universität zu Köln) and Barbara Malvestiti (Università degli Studi di Milano)
An Interview with Martha Craven Nussbaum: Political Emotions. Why Love Matters for Justice

Valentina Bambini, Cristiano Chesi and Andrea Moro (Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia)
A Conversation with Noam Chomsky: New Insights on Old Foundations