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Situationist Deontic Logic

Sven Ove Hansson
Journal of Philosophical Logic
Vol. 26, No. 4 (Aug., 1997), pp. 423-448
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30226617
Page Count: 26
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Situationist Deontic Logic
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Abstract

Situationist deontic logic is a model of that fraction of normative discourse which refers to only one situation and one set of alternatives. As we can see from a whole series of well-known paradoxes, standard deontic logic (SDL) is seriously mistaken even at the situationist level. In this paper it is shown how a more realistic deontic logic can be based on the assumption that prescriptive predicates satisfy the property of contranegativity. A satisfactory account of situation-specific norms is a necessary prerequisite for a successful treatment of more complex normative structures.

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