Logic of Violations: A Gentzen System for Reasoningwith Contrary-To-Duty Obligations

Guido Governatori, Antonino Rotolo

Abstract


In this paper we present a Gentzen system for reasoning with contrary-to-duty obligations. The intuition behind the system is that a contrary-to-duty is a special kind of normative exception. The logical machinery to formalise this idea is taken from substructural logics and it is based on the definition of a new non-classical connective capturing the notion of reparational obligation. Then the system is tested against well-known contrary-to-duty paradoxes.

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