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Freedom and Enforcement in Action

A Study in Formal Action Theory

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  • First volume on action theory to synthesize a range of approaches to the topic
  • Directly tackles the fundamental theoretical issue of performability
  • Offers the latest research in a subject at the nexus of logic, linguistics, artificial intelligence, automata theory, jurisprudence, deontology and economics
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Part of the book series: Trends in Logic (TREN, volume 42)

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Action theory is the object of growing attention in a variety of scientific disciplines and this is the first volume to offer a synthetic view of the range of approaches possible in the topic. The volume focuses on the nexus of formal action theory with a startlingly diverse set of subjects, which range from logic, linguistics, artificial intelligence and automata theory to jurisprudence, deontology and economics. It covers semantic, mathematical and logical aspects of action, showing how the problem of action breaks the boundaries of traditional branches of logic located in syntactics and semantics and now lies on lies on the borderline between logical pragmatics and praxeology.

The chapters here focus on specialized tasks in formal action theory, beginning with a thorough description and formalization of the language of action and moving through material on the differing models of action theory to focus on probabilistic models, the relations of formal action theory to deontic logic and its key applications in algorithmic and programming theory. The coverage thus fills a notable lacuna in the literary corpus and offers solid formal underpinning in cognitive science by approaching the problem of cognition as a composite action of mind.

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Elements of Formal Action Theory

  2. Freedom and Enforcement in Action


“To the best of my knowledge, this is the first book that brings together this many aspects of how to deal with actions. … As an introduction to action theory, this book offers a reasonable graduate course. It may be of interest to, among others, logicians, model theorists, mathematicians and computer scientists. The book is indeed also useful to researchers interested in model-theoretic and logical aspects of action theory.” (Bruno Lopes, Mathematical Reviews, January, 2017)

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Opole Department of Mathematics and Informatics, Opole, Poland

    Janusz Czelakowski

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Freedom and Enforcement in Action

  • Book Subtitle: A Study in Formal Action Theory

  • Authors: Janusz Czelakowski

  • Series Title: Trends in Logic

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  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Mathematics and Statistics, Mathematics and Statistics (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-94-017-9854-9Published: 25 June 2015

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-94-024-0133-2Published: 23 October 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-94-017-9855-6Published: 10 June 2015

  • Series ISSN: 1572-6126

  • Series E-ISSN: 2212-7313

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 261

  • Number of Illustrations: 24 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Logic, Mathematical Logic and Formal Languages, Mathematical Logic and Foundations

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