Prioritized Imperatives and Normative Conflicts

European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 7 (2):35-58 (2011)
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Imperatives occur ubiquitously in natural languages. They produce forces which change the addressee’s cognitive state and regulate her actions accordingly. In real life we often receive conflicting orders, typically, issued by various authorities with different ranks. A new update semantics is proposed in this paper to formalize this idea. The general properties of this semantics, as well as its background ideas are discussed extensively. In addition, we compare our framework with other approaches of deontic logics in the context of normative conflicts.

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Fenrong Liu
Tsinghua University


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