Readership: Scholars and advanced students in philosophy or the social sciences.
Geoffrey Brennan, Australian National University; University of North Carolina; Duke University, Lina Eriksson, Flinders University, Robert E. Goodin, Australian National University; University of Essex, and Nicholas Southwood, Australian National University
Geoffrey Brennan is an economist who works at the intersection of economics, political science, and moral and political philosophy. He is the author of five books including two with Nobel Laureate James Buchanan. He has served as editor of Economics and Philosophy and Economic Record; and as the
President of the international Public Choice Society. His work covers a wide range of topics from 'expressive' voting theory (Democracy and Decision [CUP, 1993] with Loren Lomasky) to The Economy of Esteem (OUP, 2004) with Philip Pettit; and he now describes himself as a scholar in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He is currently working on a book on Philosophy and Economics. He holds regular Professorial positions in Philosophy at the Australian National University and in the Political Science Department at Duke University and the Philosophy Department at UNC-Chapel Hill , where he directs the joint Duke/UNC PPE program.
Lina Eriksson is a philosopher and political
scientist, with a background in mathematics. After her PhD in political science at Gothenburg University, and a year at Harvard as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, she spent five years at the Australian National University as a post doctoral researcher. She is now Lecturer in Philosophy at Flinders University. Her research covers positive political theory (a book on this, Rational Choice Theory; Potential and Limits, was published in 2011), democratic theory, decision theory, ethics, and welfare-state studies.
Robert Goodin is a philosopher and political scientist. He is Distinguished Professor of Social & Political Theory and Philosophy in the School of Philosophy at Australian National University, as well as Professor of Government at the University of Essex. A Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, Goodin is founding editor of The Journal of Political Philosophy and of the Cambridge University Press series of books on 'Theories of Institutional Design'. He served as general editor of the eleven-volume series of Oxford Handbooks of Political Science. His own work straddles democratic theory (e.g. Reflective Democracy [OUP, 2003]), empirical welfare-state studies
(e.g., The Real Worlds of Welfare Capitalism [CUP, 1999]; Discretionary Time [CUP, 2008]), and theoretical reflections on public policy (e.g., Social Welfare as an Individual Responsibility [CUP, 1998]; What's Wrong with Terrorism? [Polity, 2006]).
Nicholas Southwood is a senior research fellow in the School of Philosophy at Australian National University. He works primarily in moral and political philosophy with a particular focus on normativity and practical reason. He is the author of Contractualism and the Foundations of Morality (OUP, 2010) and many articles in journals including Mind, Ethics, Nous, and Philosophical Studies. He has been a co-editor of the Journal of Political Philosophy since July 2012.
"Already by picking up this book, the reader knows she is in for an unusual treat ... the present book represents joint work of no fewer than four philosophers, each bringing to bear their personal expertiseThe outcome is an extremely rich and comprehensive study of norms, their nature, function, genealogy, and explanatory significance; it puts forward an account that is as careful in detail as it is impressive in scope ... In the introduction, the authors state rather modestly the purpose of the book as producing a sourcebook for social scientists and philosophers of social science, offering them the tools they need to fit an account of norms into their
own preferred models of social life (p. 10). Clearly, they have achieved this goal and much more besides." - Mind
"Explaining Norms is the work of a very smart band of philosophers. . . . There are insightful discussions throughout, which include nice observations about bad norms, and how we might model internalizing and following norms. It is certainly a significant contribution to the emerging, and important, literature on norms" - Gerald Gaus, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"Explaining Norms offers a rich guide to previous work in this area by other scolars over the last 30 to 40 years. Recommended." - R. Hudelson,
1: Introducing Norms
Part I: Explaining the Nature of Norms
3: Formal and Non-Formal Norms
4: Moral and Social Norms
Part II: Explaining the Emergence, Persistence and Change of Norms
5: Patterns of Emergence, Persistence, and Change
6: Rational Reconstruction
7: Social Meaning
8: Bad Norms
Part III: Explaining With Norms
9: Norm Following
10: Norm Conforming
11: Norm Breaching
12: Attitudes and Modes of Deliberation