Dual character concepts in social cognition: Commitments and the normative dimension of conceptual representation

Del Pinal, Guillermo; Reuter, Kevin (2017). Dual character concepts in social cognition: Commitments and the normative dimension of conceptual representation. Cognitive science, 41(S3), pp. 477-501. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/cogs.12456

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The concepts expressed by social role terms such as artist and scientist are unique in that they seem to allow two independent criteria for categorization, one of which is inherently normative (Knobe et al., 2013). This paper presents and tests an account of the content and structure of the normative dimension of these ‘dual character con- cepts’. Experiment 1 suggests that the normative dimension of a social role concept represents the commitment to fulfill the idealised basic function associated with the role. Background information can a↵ect which basic function is associated with each social role. However, Experiment 2 indicates that the normative dimension always represents the relevant commitment as an end in itself. We argue that social role concepts represent the commitments to basic functions because that information is crucial to predict the future social roles and role-dependent behavior of others.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy > Theoretical Philosophy

UniBE Contributor:

Reuter, Kevin

Subjects:

100 Philosophy

ISSN:

0364-0213

Publisher:

Wiley-Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

Kevin Reuter

Date Deposited:

14 Jun 2017 15:42

Last Modified:

18 Nov 2018 02:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/cogs.12456

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.98806

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/98806

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