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Original scientific paper

Prioritized Imperatives and Normative Conflicts

Fengkui Ju ; Beijing Normal University
Fenrong Liu ; Tsinghua University

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Imperatives occur ubiquitously in natural languages. They produce forces which change the addressee’s cognitive state and regulate her actions accordingly. In real life we often receive conflicting orders, typically, issued by various authorities with different ranks. A new update se- mantics is proposed in this paper to for- malize this idea. The general properties of this semantics, as well as its background ideas are discussed extensively. In addition, we compare our framework with other ap- proaches of deontic logics in the context of normative conflicts.


imperatives, update semantics, priorities, forces, normative conflicts

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