Man is not only a social and teleological animal: he is also a nomic animal that can act following rules. Starting from this new image of man, the author asks whether there are also non-human animals with this nomic capacity. Generally, the answer to this question is negative, but the author provides four affirmative answers deriving from the ethological, philosophical and legal investigation of normativity (C. Goretti, R. Sacco, F.B.M. de Waal, K. Andrews) that may pave the way for a new field of research: ethology of normativity.
Keywords: Normativity - Legal ethology - Animal norms - Nomic animal - Nomic capacity - Ethology of normativity