Properties of goal systems: consistency, conflict, and coherence
2008 (English)In: Studia Logica: An International Journal for Symbolic Logic, ISSN 0039-3215, E-ISSN 1572-8730, Vol. 89, no 1, 37-58 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The paper provides a formal representation of goal systems. The focus is on three properties: consistency, conflict, and coherence. An aim is to attain conceptual clarity of these properties. It is argued that consistency is adequately regarded as a property relative to the decision situation or, more specifically, the set of alternatives that the agent faces. Moreover, as a condition of rationality, consistency is stronger than some writers have claimed. Conflict is adequately regarded as a relation over subsets of a given goal system and should likewise be regarded as relative to the set of alternatives that the agent faces. Coherence is given a probabilistic interpretation, based on a support relation over subsets of goal systems.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 89, no 1, 37-58 p.
goal systems, goal conflict, coherence
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-19416DOI: 10.1007/s11225-008-9117-6ScopusID: 2-s2.0-46349102088OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-19416DiVA: diva2:337535
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