, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 471-500,
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Date: 16 Oct 2008

Goals in conflict: semantic foundations of goals in agent programming


This paper addresses the notion of (declarative) goals as used in agent programming. Goals describe desirable states, and semantics of these goals in an agent programming context can be defined in various ways. We focus in this paper on the representation of conflicting goals. In particular, we define two semantics for goals, one for unconditional goals and one for conditional goals. The first is based on propositional logic, and the latter is based on default logic. We establish relations between and properties of these semantics.

This title was inspired by the title of the PhD thesis of Harrenstein: Logic in conflict: logical explorations in strategic equilibrium [25].