Deontic Reasoning Across Contexts

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Contrastivism about `ought' holds that `ought' claims are relativized, at least implicitly, to sets of mutually exclusive but not necessarily jointly exhaustive alternatives. This kind of theory can solve puzzles that face other linguistic theories of `ought', via the rejection or severe restriction of principles that let us make inferences between`ought' claims. By rejecting or restricting these principles, however, the contrastivist takes on a burden of recapturing acceptable inferences that these principles let us make. This paper investigates the extent to which a contrastivist can do this.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeontic Logic and Normative Systems
Subtitle of host publication12th International Conference, DEON 2014
EditorsFabrizio Cariani, Davide Grossi, Joke Meheus, Xavier Parent
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-08614-9
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
NameLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (Subseries)


  • Deontic modals
  • Ought
  • Contrastivism
  • Deontic logic


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