A convention or (tacit) agreement betwixt us

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

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Giulia Andrighetto
Luca Tummolini
Cristiano Castelfranchi
Rosaria Conte

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Giulia Andrighetto, Luca Tummolini, Cristiano Castelfranchi, and Rosaria Conte. A convention or (tacit) agreement betwixt us. In Normative Multi-Agent Systems. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 9121, pp. 1-28, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2009)


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.
  • Agreement
  • convention
  • norm
  • pragmatics


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