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Grossi, Davide ; Meyer, John-Jules ; Dignum, Frank

On the Logic of Constitutive Rules

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The paper proposes a logical systematization of the notion of counts-as which is grounded on a very simple intuition about what counts-as statements actually mean, i.e., forms of classification. Moving from this analytical thesis the paper disentangles three semantically different readings of statements of the type X counts as Y in context C, from the weaker notion of contextual classification to the stronger notion of constitutive rule. These many ways in which counts-as can be said are then formally addressed by making use of modal logic techniques. The resulting framework allows for a formal characterization of all the involved notions and their reciprocal logical relationships.

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  author =	{Grossi, Davide and Meyer, John-Jules and Dignum, Frank},
  title =	{{On the Logic of Constitutive Rules}},
  booktitle =	{Normative Multi-agent Systems},
  pages =	{1--33},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings (DagSemProc)},
  ISSN =	{1862-4405},
  year =	{2007},
  volume =	{7122},
  editor =	{Guido Boella and Leon van der Torre and Harko Verhagen},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-9131},
  doi =		{10.4230/DagSemProc.07122.23},
  annote =	{Keywords: Constitutive rules, counts-as, modal logic.}

Keywords: Constitutive rules, counts-as, modal logic.
Collection: 07122 - Normative Multi-agent Systems
Issue Date: 2007
Date of publication: 12.03.2007

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