Logic Journal of the IGPL 18 (4):559-578 (2010)

Authors
Gabriella Pigozzi
Université Paris Dauphine
Abstract
In this paper we consider the relation between beliefs and goals in agent theory. Beliefs play three roles in reasoning about goals: they play a role in the generation of unconditional desires from conditional ones, they play a role in adoption of desires as goals, and they play a role in the selection of plans to achieve goals. In this paper we consider the role of goals in reasoning about beliefs. Though we assume that goals do not play a role in the belief generation problem, we argue that they play a role in the belief selection problem. We show the rationality of the use of goals in belief selection, in the sense that there are cases in which agents that take their goals into account in selecting a belief set from a set of alternatives outperform agents that do not do so. We also formally distinguish between the rational role of goals in belief selection and irrational wishful thinking
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1093/jigpal/jzp038
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 71,379
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

AGM 25 Years: Twenty-Five Years of Research in Belief Change.Eduardo Fermé & Sven Ove Hansson - 2011 - Journal of Philosophical Logic 40 (2):295 - 331.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

The Modal Logic of Discrepancy.Charles B. Cross - 1997 - Journal of Philosophical Logic 26 (2):143-168.
The Motivational Role of Belief.Neil Van Leeuwen - 2009 - Philosophical Papers 38 (2):219 - 246.
Epistemic Risk and Relativism.Wayne D. Riggs - 2008 - Acta Analytica 23 (1):1-8.
Rationality and Belief.Patrick Leslie Maher - 1984 - Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh
Collective Epistemic Goals.Don Fallis - 2007 - Social Epistemology 21 (3):267 – 280.
A Dialogue Model of Belief.Douglas Walton - 2010 - Argument and Computation 1 (1):23-46.
Are Impossible Goals Rational?Armando Cíntora - 2006 - The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 9:113-119.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2015-02-04

Total views
12 ( #812,786 of 2,519,650 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #406,756 of 2,519,650 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes