, Volume 175, Issue 1, pp 69–88

Von Wright’s “The Logic of Preference” revisited


DOI: 10.1007/s11229-009-9530-z

Cite this article as:
Liu, F. Synthese (2010) 175: 69. doi:10.1007/s11229-009-9530-z


Preference is a key area where analytic philosophy meets philosophical logic. I start with two related issues: reasons for preference, and changes in preference, first mentioned in von Wright’s book The Logic of Preference but not thoroughly explored there. I show how these two issues can be handled together in one dynamic logical framework, working with structured two-level models, and I investigate the resulting dynamics of reason-based preference in some detail. Next, I study the foundational issue of entanglement between preference and beliefs, and relate the resulting richer logics to belief revision theory and decision theory.


Preference Reasons Dynamics Beliefs Priorities 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social ScienceTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Institute for Logic, Language and ComputationUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands

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