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Living with Rules

Wittgensteinian Reflections on Normativity

Ondřej Beran

The book proposes to see the talk about rules-following as a way of giving an account of particular people’s characters and their lives. This focus on understanding others as variously coping with the claims of particular rules attempts to specify the variety of "attitudes towards a soul" as discussed in the Wittgensteinian tradition. The book derives from the philosophical tradition that considers human beings as rule-following creatures. It suggests that rules followed by other people allow for understanding and sympathising with them. Coping with rules is explored as a complicated lived practice, with respect to: particularised rules holding in relation to a context or to individual people, the variety of our responses to rules we are subject to, or our failure in coping with them.

The World of Rules – Rules and the Particularity of Agents – The Orientation Turn – Rules and Persons in Morally-Loaded Situations – Addiction: A Normative Disorder – Beyond Perspective: Towards a Story – The Difficult Blessing of Being a Normative Creature