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Улога норми у процесу хоминизације
The Role of Norm in the Process of Hominization

Author(s): Saša Bovan
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, Sociology
Published by: Правни факултет Универзитета у Београду
Keywords: Theory of law; Theory of evolution; Open programmes of behaviour; Norms; Hominization;

Summary/Abstract: This work is basically aimed at analyzing the origins of normativity and the role of norm in the process of hominization (evolution of man). The hypothesis, which is the basis of this research, includes the assertion that normativity is the most significant feature of man's generic essence, a feature that enabled the survival of man as a species, the emergence of man as a being of different kind, as well as the emergence and functioning of the human society. Lastly, it is an attempt to prove that the transformation of man from a biological into a psychic and social being happens as a transfer from biological into normative, and an attempt to identify biological (organic) roots of social norms, as well as to establish a natural and understandable relationship between the biological and the cultural evolution of man. 'Open programmes of behaviour' are a key notion, or a phenomenon which enables this hypothesis to be checked, because they played the role of evolutionary mechanism in the process of the evolution of the human species, due to which the evolution of man in its modern sense happened after all. Favouring open programmes of behaviour of man is a result of strong evolutionary pressures, both from outside and inside (climate, anatomic and psychological non-specialization, i.e. man's handicaps), due to which there has been no biological time for the species to change in a standard way, i.e. through selection and mutation. For the homo species, normativity thus became a matrix of life: this was a way which enabled the survival of man as a species and the emergence of man as a being of different kind. Norms have played a key role in the process of hominization and they represent the most important feature of man's generic essence.

  • Issue Year: 49/2001
  • Issue No: 1-4
  • Page Range: 350-369
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Serbian