Conditionals: From Philosophy to Computer Science

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byG. Crocco, Luis Farinas del Cerro, A. Herzig

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Understanding the role of deduction in human reasoning has been an important activity in philosophy, logic, and more recetnly artificial intelligence. The basic patter of this kind of reasoning can be represented by conditional expressions of the form `if...then.' There are various kinds ofconditionals that fit into this pattern, such as counterfactual conditionals (`if it were the case that A then it would be the case that B'), causal conditionals (`if A then causally B'), action conditionals (`if A then B is obtained'), conditional obligations (`if A then B should be broughtabout'), generic conditionals (`if A then normally B')etc. The common pattern to all these constructions is their conditional form which connects the antecedetn to the consequent in such a way that the antecedent represents a condition (or a context) for the consequent.The general question arises: is it possible to give a formal logical account of these constructions? This question is considered in this volume by a group of internationally recognized pure and applied logicians and computer scientists. Their papers reflect all the current research in thissubject, and should serve as a guide for future development.

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Understanding the role of deduction in human reasoning has been an important activity in philosophy, logic, and more recetnly artificial intelligence. The basic patter of this kind of reasoning can be represented by conditional expressions of the form `if...then.' There are various kinds ofconditionals that fit into this pattern, suc...

G. Crocco is at Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse. L. Farinas del Cerro is at Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse. A. Herzig is at Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:376 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The emperor's new clothes: some recurring problems in the formal analysis of counterfactuals3. A unified view of consequence relation, belief revision, and conditional logic4. Defeasible logics: demarcation and affinities5. Commonsense entailment: a conditional logic for some generics6. The Ramsey test revisited7. Epistemic conditionals, snakes and stars8. Conditional action9. Of the revision of conditional belief sets10. Conditional objects, possibility theory and default roles11. Conditional implications and non-monotonic consequence

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"Each paper is self-contained, includes new material, and has a vigor often missing in summary pieces. We particularly enjoyed and recommend the papers by Arlo Costa and by Boutilier and Goldszmidt, but all of the papers are of high quality, as is the editors' Introduction, which contains a usefulhistorical survey. Anyone interested in conditional logic, belief revision, or non-monotonic logic should give this volume a close look." --Journal of Symbolic Logic