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Hansen, Jörg

Prioritized Conditional Imperatives:Problems and a New Proposal

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The sentences of deontic logic may be understood as describing what an agent ought to do when faced with a given set of norms. If these norms come into conflict, the best the agent can be expected to do is to follow a maximal subset of the norms. Intuitively, a priority ordering of the norms can be helpful in determining the relevant sets and resolve conflicts, but a formal resolution mechanism has been difficult to provide. In particular, reasoning about prioritized conditional imperatives is overshadowed by problems such as the `order puzzle' that are not satisfactorily resolved by existing approaches. The paper provides a new proposal as to how these problems may be overcome.

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  author =	{J{\"o}rg Hansen},
  title =	{Prioritized Conditional Imperatives:Problems and a New Proposal},
  booktitle =	{Normative Multi-agent Systems},
  year =	{2007},
  editor =	{Guido Boella and Leon van der Torre and Harko Verhagen },
  number =	{07122},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings},
  ISSN =	{1862-4405},
  publisher =	{Internationales Begegnungs- und Forschungszentrum f{\"u}r Informatik (IBFI), Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  annote =	{Keywords: Deontic logic, default logic, priorities, logic of imperatives}

Keywords: Deontic logic, default logic, priorities, logic of imperatives
Seminar: 07122 - Normative Multi-agent Systems
Issue Date: 2007
Date of publication: 12.03.2007

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