Norms and plans as unification criteria for social collectives

Authors Aldo Gangemi, Jos Lehmann, Carola Catenacci

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Aldo Gangemi
Jos Lehmann
Carola Catenacci

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Aldo Gangemi, Jos Lehmann, and Carola Catenacci. Norms and plans as unification criteria for social collectives. In Normative Multi-agent Systems. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 7122, pp. 1-40, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2007)


Based on the formal-ontological paradigm of Constructive Descriptions and Situations, we propose a definition of social collectives that includes social agents, plans, norms, and the conceptual relations between them. We also propose a typology of social collectives, including collection of agents, knowledge community, intentional collective, and intentional normative collective. Our ontology, represented as a first-order theory, provides the expressivity to talk about the contexts (social, informational, circumstantial, and epistemic), in which collectives make and produce sense
  • Formal Ontology
  • Constructivism
  • Social Entities
  • Semantic Web


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