1st Semester 2019/20: Non-monotonic and Conditional Logic

Instructors

Johannes Marti.

If you are interested in this project, please contact the instructor(s) by email.

Registration until 17 December 2019, 13:00 hr.  through https://datanose.nl/#specialenrol, using the course code: 5314RNMC6Y

ECTS
6
Description

In this project we explore the logical theory that is common to non-monotonic inferences in different areas such as:

  • the formal semantics of modals and counterfactual conditional
  • default reasoning, belief revision and dynamic epistemic logic
  • probabilistic and causal reasoning
  • the theory of rational choice

The most prevalent semantic approaches to non-monotonic logic are based on orders, on choice/selection functions and on families of neighbourhood/premise sets. We study the relations between these different semantics and describe the axiomatic and proof-theoretic systems that they give rise to. Moreover, we investigate how these formal tools are applied in the areas mentioned above.

Organisation

For the first two weeks there will be lectures introducing the basic theory. In the third week students prepare a presentation on a selected topic that is to be delivered in the last week of the project.

Prerequisites

Some basic knowledge of modal logic might be helpful but is not strictly required.

Assessment

Pass/Fail based on participation, homework exercises and the presentation.

References

The course material and a wide selection of research papers will be made available at the first meeting.


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