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Andrighetto, Giulia ; Tummolini, Luca ; Castelfranchi, Cristiano ; Conte, Rosaria

A convention or (tacit) agreement betwixt us

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The aim of this paper is to show that conventions are sources of tacit agreements. Such agreements are tacit in the sense that they are implicated by what the agents do (or forbear to do) though without that any communication between them be necessary. Conventions are sources of tacit agreements under two substantial assumptions: (1) that there is a salient interpretation, in some contexts, of every-one’s silence as confirmatory of the others’ expectations, and (2) that the agents share a value of not hostility. To characterize the normativity of agreements the Principle of Reliability is introduced.

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  author =	{Giulia Andrighetto and Luca Tummolini and Cristiano Castelfranchi and Rosaria Conte},
  title =	{A convention or (tacit) agreement betwixt us},
  booktitle =	{Normative Multi-Agent Systems },
  year =	{2009},
  editor =	{Guido Boella and Pablo Noriega and Gabriella Pigozzi and Harko Verhagen},
  number =	{09121},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings},
  ISSN =	{1862-4405},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik, Germany},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  annote =	{Keywords: Agreement, convention, norm, pragmatics}

Keywords: Agreement, convention, norm, pragmatics
Seminar: 09121 - Normative Multi-Agent Systems
Issue Date: 2009
Date of publication: 11.03.2009

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