Combining Supervaluation and Degree Based Reasoning Under Vagueness

  • Christian G. Fermüller
  • Robert Kosik
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4246)

Abstract

Two popular approaches to formalize adequate reasoning with vague propositions are usually deemed incompatible: On the one hand, there is supervaluation with respect to precisification spaces, which consist in collections of classical interpretations that represent admissible ways of making vague atomic statements precise. On the other hand, t-norm based fuzzy logics model truth functional reasoning, where reals in the unit interval [0,1] are interpreted as degrees of truth. We show that both types of reasoning can be combined within a single logic SŁ, that extends both: Łukasiewicz logic Ł and (classical) S5, where the modality corresponds to ‘...is true in all complete precisifications’. Our main result consists in a game theoretic interpretation of SŁ, building on ideas already introduced by Robin Giles in the 1970s to obtain a characterization of Ł in terms of a Lorenzen style dialogue game combined with bets on the results of binary experiments that may show dispersion. In our case the experiments are replaced by random evaluations with respect to a given probability distribution over permissible precisifications.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian G. Fermüller
    • 1
  • Robert Kosik
    • 1
  1. 1.Technische Universität WienAustria

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