For a Dynamic Semantics of Necessity Deontic Modals

A. Marra

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Traditional approaches in deontic logic have focused on the so-called reportative reading of obligation sentences, by providing truth-functional semantics based on a primitive ideality order between possible worlds. Those approaches, however, do not take into account that, in natural language, obligation sentences primarly carry a prescriptive effect. The paper focuses precisely on that prescriptive character, and shows that the reportative reading can be derived from the prescriptive one. A dynamic, non truth-functional semantics for necessity deontic modals is developed, in which the ideality relations among possible worlds can be updated. Finally, it is proven that the semantics solves several of the classic deontic paradoxes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeontic Logic and Normative Systems
EditorsFabrizio Cariani, Davide Grossi, Joke Meheus, Xavier Parent
PublisherSpringer International
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783319086156
ISBN (Print)9783319086149
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventDEON 2014 - Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Duration: 12 Jul 201415 Jul 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Volume 8554
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceDEON 2014


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