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deontic reasoning


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Reasoning about obligation and duty, most often in relation to ethical or moral actions, but also in some forms of non-ethical problem solving, to be distinguished from conventional reasoning inasmuch as it is not governed by criteria of conventional logic. For example, the statement If a girl is under the age of 16, then she should not wear lipstick is not true or false in the usual sense but enunciates a deontic conditional rule of conduct. See also deontic, deontic logic, deontology.

Subjects: Psychology.


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