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New Studies in Deontic Logic

Norms, Actions, and the Foundations of Ethics

  • Risto Hilpinen

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 152)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Deontic logic, the Logic of Action, and Deontic Paradoxes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Georg Henrik Von Wright
      Pages 3-35
    3. David Makinson
      Pages 87-91
  3. Norms and Conflicts of Norms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Carlos E. Alchourrón, Eugenio Bulygin
      Pages 95-124
    3. Carlos E. Alchourrón, David Makinson
      Pages 125-148
    4. Peter K. Schotch, Raymond E. Jennings
      Pages 149-162
  4. Deontic Logic and Tense Logic

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Richmond H. Thomason
      Pages 165-176
    3. Lennart Åqvist, Jaap Hoepelman
      Pages 187-221
  5. History of Deontic Logic

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 249-262

About this book


The present volume is a sequel to Deontic Logic: Introductory and Systematic Readings (D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht 1971): its purpose is to offer a view of some of the main directions of research in contemporary deontic logic. Most of the articles included in Introductory and Systematic Readings represent what may be called the standard modal approach to deontic logic, in which de on tic logic is treated as a branch of modal logic, and the normative concepts of obligation, permission and prohibition are regarded as analogous to the "alethic" modalities necessity, possibility and impossibility. As Simo Knuuttila shows in his contribution to the present volume, this approach goes back to late medieval philosophy. Several 14th century philosophers observed the analogies between deontic and alethic modalities and discussed the deontic interpretations of various laws of modal logic. In contemporary deontic logic the modal approach was revived by G. H. von Wright's classic paper 'Deontic Logic' (1951). Certain analogies between deontic and alethic modalities are obvious and uncontroversial, but the standard approach has often been criticized on the ground that it exaggerates the analogies and tends to ignore those features of normative concepts which distinguish them from other modalities.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Risto Hilpinen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title New Studies in Deontic Logic
  • Book Subtitle Norms, Actions, and the Foundations of Ethics
  • Editors R. Hilpinen
  • Series Title Synthese Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-1278-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-277-1346-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-8484-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 262
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Logic
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