Reasoning about Preference Dynamics

  • FenrongĀ Liu

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 354)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Fenrong Liu
      Pages 3-16
  3. Dynamics of Information

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Fenrong Liu
      Pages 19-29
  4. Preference over Worlds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Fenrong Liu
      Pages 33-42
    3. Fenrong Liu
      Pages 43-54
    4. Fenrong Liu
      Pages 71-83
  5. Preference from Priorities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Fenrong Liu
      Pages 99-113
    3. Fenrong Liu
      Pages 115-120
  6. A Two-Level Perspective on Preference

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Fenrong Liu
      Pages 123-138
  7. Applications and Discussions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Fenrong Liu
      Pages 141-160
    3. Fenrong Liu
      Pages 161-182
  8. Finale

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183

About this book


Our preferences determine how we act and think, but exactly what the mechanics are and how they work is a central cause of concern in many disciplines. This book uses techniques from modern logics of information flow and action to develop a unified new theory of what preference is and how it changes. The theory emphasizes reasons for preference, as well as its entanglement with our beliefs. Moreover, the book provides dynamic logical systems which describe the explicit triggers driving preference change, including new information, suggestions, and commands. In sum, the book creates new bridges between many fields, from philosophy and computer science to economics, linguistics, and psychology. For the experienced scholar access to a large body of recent literature is provided and the novice gets a thorough introduction to the action and techniques of dynamic logic.


belief deontic logic deontic reasoning dynamic epistemic logic dynamic logic games preference preference dynamics preference logic reasoning static logic

Authors and affiliations

  • FenrongĀ Liu
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of PhilosophyTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina, People's Republic

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-1343-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-1344-4
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