Ideal Worlds — Wishful Thinking in Deontic Logic

  title={Ideal Worlds — Wishful Thinking in Deontic Logic},
  author={S. Hansson},
  journal={Studia Logica},
  • S. Hansson
  • Published 2006
  • Mathematics, Computer Science
  • Studia Logica
  • The ideal world semantics of standard deontic logic identifies our obligations with how we would act in an ideal world. However, to act as if one lived in an ideal world is bad moral advice, associated with wishful thinking rather than well-considered moral deliberation. Ideal world semantics gives rise to implausible logical principles, and the metaphysical arguments that have been put forward in its favour turn out to be based on a too limited view of truth-functional representation. It is… CONTINUE READING
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