A Law Made by Places? An Investigation of the Objects and Normativity of the Cartographic Depictions
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Mancin, F. (2020). A Law Made by Places? An Investigation of the Objects and Normativity of the Cartographic Depictions. Teoria E Critica Della Regolazione Sociale / Theory and Criticism of Social Regulation, 1(20), 113-130. https://doi.org/10.7413/19705476021


The purpose of this contribution is to shed light on some dimensions of cartographic depictions, seen as normative drawings, that have so far been little explored: the peculiarity of topographic and cartographic representations and the way in which these representations are constructed. After introducing an operational definition of “map” and focusing attention on some essential characteristics, I analyse the surveying practices that depend on geodetic vertices, so called “fiducial points”, boundary stones and mesoscopic discontinuities. Subsequently, I try to highlight the problems related to the social ontology of topographic points and topographic maps, according to the lenses of weak realism and weak textualism. I state that mapping is a form of expression that is non-verbal but consistent with John R. Searle’s definition of language, based also on the materialization of topographic points in space. Finally, I raise three open questions about the relationship between topographic representations and constitutive rules.

Parole chiave: Cartographic depictions; Normative drawings; Cadastrial maps; Constitutive rules; Documentality

Indice: 1. Le rappresentazioni dello spazio topografico – 2. Quali punti? E per quali mappe? – 2.1 Vertici geodetici – 2.2 Punti fiduciali – 2.3 Cippi di confine – 2.4 Oggetti mesoscopici che possono assumere la funzione di cippo o punto notevole – 3. Mappe e ontologia sociale – 4. Normatività topografica – 4.1 Governo del territorio e regole costitutive – 4.2 Punti topografici come regole anankastiche? – 4.3 Cippi come regole athetiche non verbali? – Riferimenti bibliografici

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