PP-2011-29: On the Two Faces of Deontics: Semantic Betterness and Syntactic Priority

PP-2011-29: van Benthem, Johan and Grossi, Davide and Liu, Fenrong (2011) On the Two Faces of Deontics: Semantic Betterness and Syntactic Priority. [Report]

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This paper looks at deontic logic as resulting from both a betterness ordering on states (i.e., a `deontic preference') and a priority ordering on properties (i.e., a `law' explicitly representing a standard of behavior). The correspondence between these two orderings oers a rich perspective from which to look at deontic scenarios and puzzles, and in particular at contrary-to-duties. The framework naturally lends itself to describing dynamics involving both orderings, thereby providing a new analysis of norm change as `betterness change'.

Item Type: Report
Report Nr: PP-2011-29
Series Name: Prepublication (PP) Series
Year: 2011
Uncontrolled Keywords: Deontic logic, preference logic, modal logic
Subjects: Logic
Depositing User: Johan Benthem
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 14:37
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 14:37
URI: https://eprints.illc.uva.nl/id/eprint/433

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