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A logical investigation of the ubiquitous notion of preference, which brings together many areas: philosophy, computer science, game theory, legal reasoning, and social choice theory
The first systematic treatment of preference change, and its relation to belief revision
A richer model for preference structure which can advance current studies of agency
An introduction to modern developments in dynamic logic
Our preferences determine how we act and think, but exactly what the mechanics are and how they work is a central cause of concern in many disciplines. This book uses techniques from modern logics of information flow and action to develop a unified new theory of what preference is and how it changes. The theory emphasizes reasons for preference, as well as its entanglement with our beliefs. Moreover, the book provides dynamic logical systems which describe the explicit triggers driving preference change, including new information, suggestions, and commands. In sum, the book creates new bridges between many fields, from philosophy and computer science to economics, linguistics, and psychology. For the experienced scholar access to a large body of recent literature is provided and the novice gets a thorough introduction to the action and techniques of dynamic logic.
Preface.- Part I Introduction.- 1. Introduction.- Part II Dynamics of Information.- 2. Dynamic Epistemic Logic.- Part III Preference over Worlds.- 3. Preference over Worlds: Static Logic.- 4. Preference over Worlds: Dynamic Logic.- 5. Entanglement of Preference, Knowledge and Belief.- 6. Intermezzo: A Quantitative Approach.- Part IV Preference from Priorities.- 7. Preference from Priorities: Static Logic.- 8. Belief-based Preference.- 9. Preference from Priorities: Dynamic Logic.- Part V A Two-Level Perspective on Preference.- 10. A Two-Level Perspective on Preference.- Part VI Applications and Discussions.- 11. Deontic Reasoning.- 12. Games and Actions.- Part VII Finale.- 13. Conclusion.- References.- Index.