Being Good & Being Logical: Philosophical Groundwork for a New Deontic Logic

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M. E. Sharpe Incorporated, 1996 - Philosophy - 332 pages
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We all reason about what we ought to do, what should be, and what is permissible, but neither Standard Deontic Logic (SDL) nor its more recent variants adequately represent the principles of our deontic reasoning. In this groundbreaking new work, author James Forrester first explores the shortcomings of standard deontic systems, and concludes that we need a new type of deontic logic; in the second part of the book, he presents a new deontic logic and semantics that fit our deontic reasoning better than standard systems. Finally, in a third section, Forrester sketches some original implications of his new deontic logic for practical reasoning. This book will be of interest to all philosophers, especially those with an interest in questions of moral and practical reasoning.

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Contents

What Is Deontic Logic
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What Is Left for Deontic Logic?
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Ought to Be and Ought to Do
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Copyright

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