What Rules Amount to in Practice: A Theory with a Definition

David Braybrooke, Bryson Brown, Peter K. Schotch and Laura Byrne

in Logic on the Track of Social Change

Published in print December 1995 | ISBN: 9780198235309
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679056 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

What Rules Amount to in Practice: A Theory with a Definition

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The previous chapter specified the three features of rules that will be used throughout the study: volk (demographic scope), wenn (conditions of operation), and nono. The nono component, which is sometimes referred to as ‘the burden’, targets the routines (the sequences of actions) that, given the other features of the rule in question, the rule prohibits. Leaving rules undefined, and relying on an intuitive grasp of what they are, we could treat them as just things that have those three features, which we would concentrate upon, without prejudice to others (like the authorities that may be the sources of the rules). We would then also be treating them without prejudice to there being definitions of rules other than the one offered in this chapter.

Keywords: logic; rules; volk; wenn; nono

Chapter.  10909 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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