Acts of Commanding and Changing Obligations
Tomoyuki Yamada
Abstract:
If we are to take the notion of speech act seriously, we must be able
to treat speech acts as acts. In this paper, I will try to model
changes brought about by various acts of commanding in terms of a
variant of update logic. I will combine a multi-agent variant of the
language of monadic deontic logic with a dynamic language to talk
about the situations before and after the issuance of commands, and
the commands that link those situations. Although the resulting logic
inherits various inadequacies from monadic deontic logic, some
interesting principles are captured and seen to be valid nonetheless.
An outline of a proof of completeness and some interesting valid
principles together with concrete examples will be presented.