Chapter

Ought to Be

John F. Horty

in Agency and Deontic Logic

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780195134612
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833269 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195134613.003.0003
Ought to Be

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Supplements the background theory of indeterministic time with a standard deontic logic, representing what ought to be the case. Taken together with the formal notion of action introduced in the previous chapter, the framework now allows us to speak about what it ought to be that the agent does, and to explore the possibility that this notion should be identified with the notion of what the agent ought to do. Examples are developed to show that the two notions should not be identified.

Keywords: action; deontic logic; indeterminism; time

Chapter.  10600 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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