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(Proust 1989: 5)
(I) At the very beginning, Celano presents the core of his suggestive thesis on so-called ‘pre-conventions’:
I will argue that there are entities that can be plausibly called ‘conventions’, which are neither mere de facto regularities, nor rules (norms), but that – in a sense to be specified – have both the character of de facto regularities, as well as a normative character: they are, literally, ‘normative facts’.
Pre-conventions are facts, but facts with a normative bite. They are things such as riding a bike or skiing. Celano reminds us of this opportune way of presenting Searle’s idea:
As the skier gets better he does not internalize the rules better, but rather the rules become progressively irrelevant. The rules do not become ‘wired in’ as unconscious Intentional contents, but the repeated experiences create physical capacities, presumably realized as neural pathways, that make the rules simply irrelevant. ‘...