Institute for Logic, Language and Computation

CfP special issue of Studia Logica on "From Permissions to Obligations"

Deadline: Wednesday 31 May 2017

Call for papers for special issue of Studia Logica From Permissions to Obligations

GUEST EDITORS: Piotr Kulicki (KUL, Lublin, Poland) <> Olivier Roy (UNI Bayreuth, Germany) <>


- Papers should be submitted to Studia Logica in electronic form via Editorial Manager The authors should register there and select article type special issue 'From Permissions to Obligations'. The issue editors will handle all papers submitted for the issue. They will manage the review process, and make final decision on the papers. Papers submitted by the editors themselves will be handled by the journal editor-in-chief. In case not enough papers survive the reviewing process, the accepted ones would then be published in a regular issue of Studia Logica.

- Submitted papers should not exceed 25 pages. In justified cases longer submission could be considered.

- May 31, 2017: Deadline for submissions.

- According Studia Logica publication procedure, when a paper is accepted for publication, about 2 months is needed to publish it as 'online first' publication. Publication of the hard copy of the issue may take much longer.


Exercising one's rights, or acting on one's permission can generate obligations for others. Contract law and international law provide examples. Debtors are obligated to comply when their creditors exercise their right to request payment. Free trade agreements place their signatories under the obligation not to pass protectionist regulations. A similar phenomenon holds for permissions stemming from morality or rationality. Others ought not infringe my individual right to dignity. In negotiation, one party making a permissible offer might put the other under the (rational) obligation to accept it.

When exactly, then, do permissions and rights generate obligations? Is there a general structure common to these examples? How are such obligations distributed between the parties involved, be they individual or institutional actors? Are the generated obligations strict or could they be overridden, even when they stem from inalienable rights?

These are fundamental questions regarding the dynamic and social or multi-agent aspects of obligations, permissions and rights. Even though deontic logic has long been concerned with the relation between obligation and permission, this relation is usually understood the other way around. Obligations imply permissions, or permissions constrain the promulgation of further obligations. The dynamic generation of obligations by rights and permissions has received comparatively little attention. This special issue aims at filling this gap by focusing on the essential aspects of obligations generated from permissions.

Certainly the questions concerning relations between permission and obligation cannot be answered without the deep understanding of permissions and obligations themselves. Thus papers attempting to formalize different aspects of permission and obligation are also welcome.

The impetus for this special issue stem from a joint Polish-German research project on the topic ( At the first meeting of the project in February 2016 many participants have already expressed their interest in submitting to this special issue. In addition to these we plan on solicit further contributions through a widely distributed call for paper.


The editors plan to organize a Symposium on the special issue at the next Trends in Logic Conference to be held in Lublin (Poland) in September 2017 (see Financial support will be provided for the selected contributors to attend the event.

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