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Facing the future : agents and choices in our indeterminist world

Author: Nuel D Belnap; Michael Perloff; Ming Xu
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Series: OUP E-Books.
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In this elucidating work, the authors attempt to construct a logical analysis of human actions, focusing on those actions based on choice. Using their examination of "seeing to it that," they investigate a large number of topics, including imperatives, deontic logic, strategies, determinism, and promising assertion. One of the work's provocative conclusions is that one, actual future does not exist; instead, all  Read more...
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Belnap, Nuel D., 1930-
Facing the future.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001
(DLC) 00064995
(OCoLC)44885392
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nuel D Belnap; Michael Perloff; Ming Xu
ISBN: 1423762274 9781423762270 9780195138788 0195138783 1280481072 9781280481079 9786610481071 6610481075
OCLC Number: 65183236
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 501 pages) : illustrations
Contents: I: Introduction to stit --
1 Stit: A canonical form for agentives --
1A Agentives --
1B Stit: Simple cases --
1C Grammar of the modal logic of agency --
1D Mini-history of the modal logic of agency --
1E Conclusion and summary --
2 Stit: Introductory theory, semantics, and applications --
2A Theory and semantics: The two stits --
2B Applications of stit, with many pictures --
3 Small yet important differences from earlier proposals --
3A Von Wright --
3B Chisholm --
3C Kenny --
3D Castañeda --
3E Davidson --
3F Conclusion --
4 Stit and the imperative --
4A The theory of fiats. 4B Ross's paradox and stit --
4C Chellas's theory --
4D Agentive constructions --
4E Negations of imperatives --
4F The many varieties of imperatives --
4G Embedding imperatives --
4H Conclusion --
5 Promising: Stits, claims, and strategies --
5A From stit to promising --
5B From RR to promising --
5C Strategic content of promises and word-givings --
II: Foundations of indeterminism --
6 Indeterminism and the Thin Red Line --
6A Preliminary considerations --
6B Parameters of truth --
6C The assertion problem --
6D The Thin Red Line --
6E Time's wingèd chariot hurries near. 7 Agents and choices in branching time with instants --
7A Theory of branching time --
7B Theoretical reflections on indeterminism --
7C Theory of agents and choices --
7D Domain --
8 Indexical semantics under indeterminism --
8A Sources --
8B Structure parameters: The ""world"" of the speakers --
8C Interpretation and model: The ""language"" of the speakers --
8D Points of evaluation, and policies --
8E Generic semantic ideas --
8F Semantics for stit-free locutions --
8G Clauses for stit functors --
III: Applications of the achievement stit --
9 Could have done otherwise. 9A Could have been and might have been --
9B Could have done and might have done --
9C Might have been otherwise --
9D Might not have done it --
9E Could not have avoided doing --
9F Could have prevented --
9G Could have refrained --
9H Might have refrained --
9I Had available a strategy for not doing --
9J Summary --
10 Multiple and joint agency --
10A Preliminary facts --
10B Other-agent nested stits --
10C Joint agency: Plain and strict --
10D Other-agent nested joint stits --
IV: Applications of the deliberative stit --
11 Conditional obligation, deontic paradoxes, and stit. 11A Technical preliminaries --
11B Semantics of obligation --
11C Completeness --
11D Conditional obligation --
11E O -statements versus O-statements --
11F The Good Samaritan --
11G Contrary-to-duty obligations --
11H Problems with the proposed semantics of obligation --
12 Marcus and the problem of nested deontic modalities --
12A The parking problem --
12B The form of obligations --
12C The Anderson/dstit simplification --
12D The form of prohibitions --
12E Generalized prohibitions --
12F Generalization on agents --
12G Temporal generalization --
12H The outer ought --
V: Strategies.
Series Title: OUP E-Books.
Responsibility: Nuel Belnap, Michael Perloff, Ming Xu ; with contributions by Paul Bartha, Mitchell Green, John Horty.

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