The extent to which normative cognition varies across cultures has implications for a number of important philosophical questions. This chapter examines several striking commonalities and differences in normative cognition across cultures. We focus on cross-cultural commonality and difference in norm typologies (especially the moral-conventional distinction); the externalization of norms; which aspects of life are normativized; and some of the concepts and principles associated with the normative domain. We argue that the distinction between moral and conventional norms is probably not universal and that several concepts and principles that have been suggested as candidate universals may in fact be culturally local. We nevertheless isolate two possible universals: the phenomenon of externalizing norms and the normativization of a preferred class of subject matters.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge Handbook of Moral Epistemology|
|Editors||Aaron Zimmerman, Karen Jones, Mark Timmons|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publisher||Routledge Taylor & Francis Group|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|