The Structure of Values and Norms

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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 how the values of wholes relate to the values of their parts, the connections between values and norms, how values can be decision-guiding, and the structure of normative codes. Models of changes in both preferences and norms are offered, as well as a new 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 treatment, carried out in terms of both informal value theory and precise logical detail, will contribute to the clarification of basic issues in the philosophical theory of values and norms."--BOOK JACKET.
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"...specialist readers will appreciate the way that this publication provides them, in effect, with revised, coordinated and extended versions of the author's papers scattered in the journal literature." David Makinson, Mathematical Reviews

"Hansson's study is very clear... It is a dense and rich study, with an abundant set of formal terms, definitions, and theorems. It is a valuable study also for its numerous examples drawn from real life." Symbolic Logic

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Table of Contents

Preface
Prolegomena
Pt. I Values
2 Exclusionary Preferences 15
3 Preference States 33
4 Changes in Exclusionary Preferences 42
5 Constructing Combinative Preferences 57
6 Pairwise Combinative Preferences 67
7 Decision-Guiding Combinative Preferences 94
8 Monadic Value Predicates 114
Pt. II Norms
9 A Starting Point for Deontic Logic 129
10 Situationist Deontic Logic 139
11 Conflicts and Counterfactuals 170
12 Rules and Normative Systems 182
13 Legal Relations 208
Epilogue
14 Afterthought 225
Proofs 229
References 289
Index of Symbols 302
General Index 307
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