Anticipation and the normative stance

Fuller, Ted (2019) Anticipation and the normative stance. In: Handbook of anticipation. Springer, New York. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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The connection between anticipation and norms is that anticipation has causal power to change social norms and social norms have causal power in framing anticipation. In the stabilization or transformation of social norms, anticipation can be seen as a causal mechanism. I take further Rosen’s characterizations of anticipatory systems as having ‘almost an ethical character’ to suggest that in the do-main of the social, ethics, as values inherent in inferential judgements, act on the disposition to anticipate. The agent’s disposition to anticipate creates dynamic activity guided by the modeling relations between agent and environment. Modeling relations are inter-subjectively formed. Judgements about desirable or undesirable effects of environmental change, relative to the agent (i.e. relative to values), lead to anticipatory action. Following a critical realist methodology (Bhaskar, Archer, Elder-Vass, Sawyer) the causal effects of such individual ac-tions within a group tend to stabilize and amplify emergent change or extinguish short lived (ephemeral) emergent properties. Modeling relations are emergent. An-ticipation is a key framing activity in social emergence and therefore in human self-emancipation. The connection between anticipation and norms is that anticipation has causal power to change social norms and social norms have causal power in framing anticipation. In the stabilization or transformation of social norms, anticipation can be seen as a causal mechanism. I take further Rosen’s characterizations of anticipatory systems as having ‘almost an ethical character’ to suggest that in the do-main of the social, ethics, as values inherent in inferential judgments, act on the disposition to anticipate. The agent’s disposition to anticipate creates dynamic activity guided by the modeling relations between agent and environment. Modelling relations are inter-subjectively formed. Judgements about desirable or undesirable effects of environmental change, relative to the agent (i.e. relative to values), lead to anticipatory action. Following a critical realist methodology (Bhaskar, Archer, Elder-Vass, Sawyer) the causal effects of such individual actions within a group tend to stabilize and amplify emergent change or extinguish short lived (ephemeral) emergent properties. Modeling relations are emergent. Anticipation is a key framing activity in social emergence and therefore in human self-emancipation.

Keywords:Anticipation, Values, Normative, Emergence, Modelling Relations
Subjects:L Social studies > L370 Social Theory
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:31514
Deposited On:04 Apr 2018 09:59

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