Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

The Structure of Values and Norms


Part of Cambridge Studies in Probability, Induction and Decision Theory

  • Date Published: July 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521037235

£ 45.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Formal representations of values and norms are employed in several academic disciplines and specialties, such as economics, jurisprudence, decision theory and social choice theory. Sven Ove Hansson closely examines such foundational issues as the values of wholes and the values of their parts, the connections between values and norms, how values can be decision-guiding and the structure of normative codes with formal precision. Models of change in both preferences and norms are offered, as well as a method to base the logic of norms on that of preferences. Hansson has developed a unified formal representation of values and norms that reflects both their static and their dynamic properties. This formalized treatment, carried out in terms of both informal value theory and precise logical detail, will contribute to the clarification of certain issues in the basic philosophical theory of values and norms.

    • Changes of both preferences and norms, not only their static properties, are analysed
    • Offers explicit discussion of principles for formal representation
    • Provides a unified approach to norms and values that is carried out both in terms of informal value theory and in considerable logical detail
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    'Hansson has written an excellent book on the logic of preferences and norms … the book is by no means written for logicians only … Anyone interested in economics, decision theory, political philosophy or social choice theory is well advised to familiarize herself with the (not too difficult) logical machinery, as there are lots of insights to be reaped from Hansson's work.' Journal of Economics & Philosophy

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521037235
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Formalization
    Part I. Values:
    2. Exclusionary preferences
    3. Preference states
    4. Changes in exclusionary preferences
    5. Constructing combinative preferences
    6. Pairwise combinative preferences
    7. Decision-guiding combinative preferences
    8. Monadic value predicates
    Part II. Norms:
    9. A starting point for deontic logic
    10. Situationist deontic logic
    11. Conflicts and counterfactuals
    12. Rules and normative systems
    13. Legal relations
    14. Afterthought
    Index of symbols
    General index.

  • Author

    Sven Ove Hansson, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.