Stenius, Henrik: The autonomy of intellectuals in one-norm societies.

In Pre-Modern and Modern societies we find verbalized and non-verbalised norms for different sections of society and for the society as a whole. In one-norm societies these different set of norms for each section converge in a shared normative structure minimizing the risks that norms from one section of society will contradict norms from other sections. This presentation will focus on this particular form of inclusion, which is one decisive feature in the Pre-modern and Modern Nordic societies. Here, in these societies, the concord and affinity of Church and clerical officialdom on the one hand and Government and secular officialdom on the other is of fundamental and formative importance. The relative autonomy of the Church and the State respectively defines how extensive the free space for intellectual maneuvering is for agencies in different sections of society: sections such as science, economic practices, the army and the security policy expertise, and ideology and policy designers and organisers. Considering the limited time I have to my disposal for my presentation I should focus either on 1. convincing the audience that the Nordic countries are one-norm societies (which is not a commonly acknowledged/shared certainty), or 2. discussing the conditions of intellectuals in one-norm societies (to what extent do intellectuals in the Nordic countries address this issue, to what extent do they acknowledge and work through the fact that their free intellectual space is limited), or 3. analyzing possible good and possibly bad consequences of living in a one-norm society. However, in this presentation I will, unfortunately, run through all three of these questions.