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A norm (from Lat. norma, “carpenter’s square,” later “rule, measure, regulation”) may be theoretical (in descriptive natural and social sciences) or practical (in normative sciences, such as logic, aesthetics, ethics, and theology). In common speech norms denote (1) average values by which to measure what is normal or abnormal, and in technical or pragmatic usage, (2) conventional units of measurement or rules by which to classify things or behavior (e.g., traffic laws).


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Schwartz, Werner, “Norms”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 24 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_N241>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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