Strategic Oughts

John F. Horty

in Agency and Deontic Logic

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780195134612
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833269 | DOI:
Strategic Oughts

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The notion of what an agent ought to do at a moment is generalized to yield a notion of what the agent ought to do over extended periods of time. This requires us to develop the notion of a strategy as a function from moments to actions available at those moments and appropriate notions of strategic dominance. A strategic ought operator is introduced and used to analyze the debate between actualists and possibilists concerning the ways in which an agent's obligations depend on his or her future actions.

Keywords: actualism; possibilism; strategic oughts; strategy

Chapter.  10581 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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