Reference : Moral Principles: Hedged, Contributory, Mixed
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Moral Principles: Hedged, Contributory, Mixed
Knoks, Aleks mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine (FSTM) > Department of Computer Science (DCS) >]
Deontic Logic and Normative Systems, 15th International Conference, DEON 2020/2021
Knoks, Aleks mailto
College Publications
15th International Conference on Deontic Logic and Normative Systems (DEON 2020/21)
from 21-07-2021 to 24-07-2021
LMU Munich
[en] Moral principles ; Defeasibility ; Reasons ; Defeasible logic
[en] It's natural to think that the principles expressed by the statements "Promises ought to be kept" and "We ought to help those in need" are defeasible. But how are we to make sense of this defeasibility? On one proposal, moral principles have hedges or built-in unless clauses specifying the conditions under which the principle doesn't apply. On another, such principles are contributory and, thus, do not specify which actions ought to be carried out, but only what counts in favor or against them. Drawing on a defeasible logic framework, this paper sets up three models: one model for each proposal, as well as a third model capturing a mixed view on principles that combines them. It then explores the structural connections between the three models and establishes some equivalence results, suggesting that the seemingly different views captured by the models are closer than standardly thought.
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