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Prima Facie Obligation

Nicholas Asher and Daniel Bonevac
Studia Logica: An International Journal for Symbolic Logic
Vol. 57, No. 1, Papers in Deontic Logic (Jul., 1996), pp. 19-45
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20015862
Page Count: 27
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Prima Facie Obligation
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Abstract

This paper presents a nonmonotonic deontic logic based on commonsense entailment. It establishes criteria a successful account of obligation should satisfy, and develops a theory that satisfies them. The theory includes two conditional notions of prima facie obligation. One is constitutive; the other is epistemic, and follows nonmonotonically from the constitutive notion. The paper defines unconditional notions of prima facie obligation in terms of the conditional notions.

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