Probabilistic Action and Deontic Logic

(Invited Talk)
  • Jan Broersen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6814)


Deontic logic aims at formally modeling the reasoning with norm-related modalities. Von Wright recognized that the obligation modality bears a resemblance to modal necessity and the permission modality to modal possibility, which resulted in his Standard Deontic Logic [9]. SDL is the modal logic KD. Since its conception, SDL has drawn a lot of criticism: e.g., Chisholm [2] argued that it was unfit to represent certain types of conditional obligation, and Makinson [5] and van der Torre [6] emphasized that deontic logic is much more naturally studied as a process of iterative detachment relative to explicitly represented normative systems; a view that does not fit well with the modal logic modeling proposed by Von Wright.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Broersen
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  1. 1.Department of Information and Computing SciencesUtrecht UniversityThe Netherlands

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