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The Structure of Values and Norms

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Probability, Induction and Decision Theory

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

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  • 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
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    '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

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    • 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

    Preface
    Prolegomena:
    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
    Epilogue:
    14. Afterthought
    Proofs
    References
    Index of symbols
    General index.

  • Author

    Sven Ove Hansson, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

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