Advances in Knowledge Representation, Logic Programming, and Abstract Argumentation

Volume 9060 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 63-80

Deontic Logic for Human Reasoning

  • Ulrich FurbachAffiliated withUniversität Koblenz-Landau
  • , Claudia SchonAffiliated withUniversität Koblenz-Landau

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Deontic logic is shown to be applicable for modelling human reasoning. For this the Wason selection task and the suppression task are discussed in detail. Different versions of modelling norms with deontic logic are introduced and in the case of the Wason selection task it is demonstrated how differences in the performance of humans in the abstract and in the social contract case can be explained. Furthermore, it is shown that an automated theorem prover can be used as a reasoning tool for deontic logic.