2.6-Commons · P05-Institutions (Thou Shall)

Institutional Commons List

As far as I know we classify institutions in this spectrum:

Commons (organize to preserve)
… Monuments (parks, monuments, spaces)
… Roads, airways and waters
….Territory and boundaries
… Territorial assets and resources

Informal Institutions: )
… Metaphysical value judgements (unconscious)
… Norms and habits
… Normative Property rights allocations
….Traditions (marriage etc)
….Crafts and Professions
… Civic Societies
….Education, sciences, arts and Letters

Formal Institutions
… Economic(banking and money)
… Religous (myth, festival, and ritual),
….Forceful(Military, legal, Political)

Institutions that require human organization to persist them across generations.

Ask historians about what men have done.
Ask economists about why men do it.
Ask philosophers whether what men say may be true.

We usually are pretty terrible at crossing boundaries.

Reason: (understandable) We can subjectively test and empathize with (follow) the sequence of decisions given the limits of the speaker. Not internally consistent, nor externally correspondent, nor fully accounted, nor morally constrained.

Rationalism (philosophy): internally consistent but not externally correspondent, fully accounted or morally constrained.

Empiricism: Science: internally consistent and externally correspondent, but not morally constrained, fully accounted.

Testimony: internally consistent, externally correspondent fully accounted and morally constrained.


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