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Back to Basics: A Theory of the Emergence of Institutional Facts

Peter Hulsen
Law and Philosophy
Vol. 17, No. 3, Laws, Institutions, and Facts (May, 1998), pp. 271-299
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3504882
Page Count: 29
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Abstract

In order to account for the mode of existence of social rules and norms, the author develops a theory of the emergence of institutional facts. Just as other kinds of institutional fact, rules and norms are meanings. Therefore, insight into the emergence of social rules and norms can be achieved by studying the recognition and the communication of meanings. Following accounts of meaning and factuality, institutional facts are characterized as unquestionable shared typifications. It is argued that, in becoming an institutional fact, a typification goes through two phases. First, it becomes a social habit. Second, this habit turns into an obligation by being objectified.

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