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Problems and Prospects of Deontic Logic a Survey

  • Georg Henrik Von Wright
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 149)

Abstract

“There is no such thing as philosophical logic”, Wittgenstein said in a letter to C. K. Ogden.1 In spite of his veto the term now has an established use. It could be defined as signifying the applications of the tools of formal logic to the analysis of concepts and conceptual structures in which philosophers traditionally have taken interest. Pursuits in this spirit sometimes shed interesting light on old problems. More often perhaps they give rise to new problems and steer the interest of philosophers in new directions.

Keywords

Modal Logic Standard System Deontic Logic Conditional Norm Action Sentence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georg Henrik Von Wright
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  1. 1.HelsinkiFinland

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