Prioritized Conditional Imperatives:Problems and a New Proposal

Author Jörg Hansen

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Jörg Hansen. Prioritized Conditional Imperatives:Problems and a New Proposal. In Normative Multi-agent Systems. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 7122, pp. 1-30, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2007)


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.
  • Deontic logic
  • default logic
  • priorities
  • logic of imperatives


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