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On the Normative Aspect of Signalling Conventions

  • Andrew J. I. Jones
  • Steven O. Kimbrough
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4048)

Abstract

The paper outlines an approach to the formal representation of signalling conventions, emphasising the prominent role played therein by a particular type of normative modality. It is then argued that, in terms of inferencing related to this modality, a solution can be given to the task J. L. Austin set but failed to resolve: finding a criterion for distinguishing between what Austin called constatives and performatives. The remainder of the paper indicates the importance of the normative modality in understanding a closely related issue: reasoning about trust in communication scenarios; this, in turn, facilitates a clear formal articulation of the role of a Trusted Third Party in trade communication.

Keywords

Electronic Commerce Normative Aspect Deontic Logic Business Communication Formal Characterisation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew J. I. Jones
    • 1
  • Steven O. Kimbrough
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceKing’s College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Operations & Information ManagementUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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